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Adopt with Born Free on World Lion Day


International wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation is offering animal lovers an amazing way to support World Lion Day this year as they officially introduce King to their adoption scheme.

King is a young male lion who was rescued from an apartment on the outskirts of Paris in October 2017 where he was being kept illegally as an ‘exotic pet’ in a small, dirty cage. Last month, the Born Free Foundation introduced King to his new home at the charity’s big cat sanctuary in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

The young lion is settling in well and thanks to the generosity of Born Free’s supporters, King now has a permanent home in a large, natural bush enclosure at Shamwari.

Dr Chris Draper, Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, says: “During our campaign to give King a lifetime home at Shamwari, lots of supporters asked us whether King would be available to adopt, so we are delighted to be able to officially launch his adoption for World Lion Day. With your help, our young lion will be able to enjoy his new life free from harm in his ancestral homeland.”

By adopting King for just £3 a month, or a one-off payment of £36, you can help fund his food, veterinary care and enclosure upkeep at Shamwari. Your adoption pack includes:

  • King’s story
  • A glossy photo
  • Lion cuddly toy
  • Personalised certificate
  • Born Free window sticker
  • All adoptions last one year and you will receive updates on King via Born Free’s biannual Adopt! Magazine

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President.  Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.  For more information about Born Free visit:

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