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Meet the African Lions







CAMBA (Female African Lion)

Camba is one of four African lions who were rescued from a Bolivian circus by Animal Defenders International (ADI). Bambek, Camba, Daktari and Simba arrived at PAWS on May 28, 2010, after a long journey by plane and by truck. They became the "pride of San Andreas, California."


It has been a deeply moving experience watching these majestic animals experience life as lions: the freedom to explore the tall grass and trees in their spacious habitats; the three males lounging together in a pile of tangled yellow/brown manes; and the nightly chorus of roars as the sun sets. How different ARK 2000 must have seemed to them after living in small metal cages for most of their lives.


We have mourned the deaths of Bambek in 2015, Simba in 2014 and Daktari in 2012, all from cancer. Captivity is not kind to wild animals, and the constant stressors of circus life no doubt had an effect on all of these lions' health and well-being. It is heartbreaking to lose these once-vibrant animals to a devastating disease such as cancer, but we are comforted by the knowledge that they had the chance to experience refuge, peace, security, and dedicated care at PAWS. 

We will never forget Bambek, Daktari or Simba, and will honor their lives in our continuing efforts to eliminate the abuse of all animals in circuses.

The cost of care for the Bolivian lions has been assumed by ADI. This generous gesture is unprecedented in the history of PAWS, and is greatly appreciated. After rescue, the costs of care are usually left for PAWS to fund. Thank you ADI for your commitment to these lions.























*PLEASE NOTE: Adoptions are in name only. The animal does not actually go home with you. Donations made via animal adoption are used for the care, feeding and maintenance of the animals.

Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849, Galt, CA 95632

209/745-2606 office/sanctuary
209/745-1809 fax

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