Polish zoo fundraising PLN 500,000 for lion enclosure
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A Polish zoo hopes to raise PLN 500,000 (EUR 118,000) in a drive to build a lion sanctuary to accommodate two cubs, which were most likely smuggled into the country.
A lion cub. Photo: Pexels.com/Nick Duell.
The zoo in Poznań, in western Poland, expects the two lions to later be joined by other animals, that will be taken from smugglers and circuses.
“Having developed a partnership with customs and animal rights organisations we see that animal smuggling is growing problem in Poland,” the zoo's spokeswoman, Małgorzata Chodyła, said.
“We have for a long time talked about the need to build a special sanctuary for animals, which do not have a home, but which are live, protected, large, wild and dangerous,” Chodyła said.
“Animals are illegally introduced, illegally bred and the need to create a suitable place for them is huge,” she added.
The campaign is run on the fundraising portal PolakPomaga.pl in association with the Viva! animal rights organisation.
The zoo plans to build a 3,000 square metre enclosure that imitates the savannah as well as a vet centre.
The planned enclosure's first tenants are expected to be two young lion cubs, one of which is just four months old, which police seized from their owners. (vb)