During the first zoo raid in January 2010 the team came across a tiny little cub hiding in the back of her enclosure. Her physical state was assessed as very poor and the decision was made to confiscate the cub. As the cub was being loaded into her crate she was ripped out of the arms of the team by the zoo owners and hidden. It was not until later that day and after much negotiation with the zoo owners that Hope arrived at the New Hope centre to start her rehabilitation.
Shortly after this Hope was joined by four very young cubs who had been confiscated at the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Arandas, Muhawish, Amra and Khawla joined us at New Hope in a newly created enclosure next to Hope.
The group quickly settled in and provided much fun to all who worked at the centre. As the group gained in strength and mental soundness it was decided to introduce Hope to the young pride. They had lived next to eachother for a few months and their interaction was very positive. Once the fence between the two enclosures was lifted, Hope and the cubs created their new pride immediately, Hope assuming the 'mother' figure to her younger charges.
Hope's pride was transported to Lionsrock in South Africa, which is a Big cat Project run by Four Paws International, where they were released into a large enclosure and seeing them touch grass for the first time in their short lives was an experience which shall not be forgotten.
Hope's pride is better known in Lionsrock as The Jordan Lions and are enjoying their lives in the peace and tranquility of Africa!