An expert team of Wildlife specialists, vets and zoo curators came to Jordan in 2011 in order to assist the local zoos in creating higher standards for their animals through the refurbishment of the enclosures, medical care and enrichment. It was during these visits that we received a tip that one of the zoos had hidden a group of young lions by removing them from the zoo.
The authorities were alerted and it did not take them long to find the cubs. They were being kept in a private farm in a tiny room with no light, ventilation, water or food. Needless to say the cubs were immediately confiscated and brought to New Hope. Having been accustomed to life in captivity it did not take the cubs long to settle into their new enclosures and after some good food and the needed medical suppliments they bounced back very quickly.
After completing their time in the quarantine enclosures and having been assesed as ready; the group moved to a new outdoor enclosure where they happily ran around in the new space provided particularly enjoying the natural shade of the trees where we would always find the group resting.