Archive for November, 2010

Dingos returned to Australia

The two female dingos, Lena and Janis, are now in a beautiful sanctuary in Australia with long runs and good food and lots of dingo company. They are being slowly detraumatized in a deeply personal way and brought to health and what we are assured is a happy future. This is a near miracle.

We will keep you updated on their progress as we receive news.  Several weeks ago, Tehree Gordon began their new training, sleeping beside them and slowly gaining their trust after their many years of mistreatment in Romania. We are waiting for photos and will post a whole gaggle of news and pics as soon as we receive them. But we are assured that they are making great progress.

The hope is that in the months to come they will not only get to walk on grass and soil, but become part of a dingo pack and begin the rest of their lives in their ancestral land.

Before Lions Roar happened upon the devestated Buhusi zoo fallen on terrible times in Northern Romania, there were twelve dingos kept in awful circumstances: overcrowded, filthy, concrete, bad diet and no appropriate care conditions. I watched them shiver from the cold in the winter and fear of the caremen and visitors who fed them junk food and threw things at them. In the spring I watched them sit outside on wet concrete staring at a grassy meadow or across the road at five lions who paced and cried in hunger.

Now thanks to Tehree and her amazing team of dingo carers, Lena and Janis are undergoing a process of inner and outer transformation so they can join a dingo pack and live a more natural life. The dingos in Buhusi never dug in the the earth or ran on grass. They lived in overcrowded circumstances. These outback creatures were condemned to freezing winters and hot summers with inadequate water. The two girls are now in Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary! Previously they were the two rejected and abused canines from the two groups of dingos. The two other surviving dingos were taken by a different and (hopefully) improving Romanian zoo, but our girls were left in small cages, seperated and howling. They were maimed and depressed.

When Pantera Sanctuary generously offered a home to our two disabled lions, the sanctuary’s owner also took pity on the dingos and rescued them in temporary accomodation in Holland. It was a long drive across Europe and a difficult transition. Unfortunately, although they had better food and medical care, Pantera was unsuitable for dingos on a permanent basis and could not give them the rehabilitation they needed. Sue and Jane fought to find a way to send them home to Australia. If you read about them on our website you can find out about the amazing Australian ladies, Linda and Tehree, who stepped up to help us and the emotional journey they took.

For us to receive news that they are allowing human beings to feed them, so they can recieve medical help and relearn how to enjoy their lives without trembling fear is the most astonishing and joyous news.

We hope you will love seeing our creatures flourish,

Laura, Jane, Sue and Alina
four women and four continents of care

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Welcome to our new Lions Roar Blog –

The reason we began this blog is to let our friends and donors remain informed about the lives of the animals that have been rehomed by the Lions Roar.  You can read about us on our website http://www.thelionsroar.eu    We plan to update whenever we have news.  Please subscribe so you can read our pages.

The Lions Roar is a small international charity that is dedicated to improve the lives of animals worldwide in captivity.  Our main endeavor since 2002 has first to improve a zoo, and then when the zoo closed because it was not up to the EU standards in Romania, we set out to rehome and save the animals that would have been left to starve.   Our LionsRoarBlog is a blog of hope and transformation. You will read about our two disabled lions who are living a much improved  life in the Pantera Zoo in Holland;  about the mother and son lions that thrive  in South Africa; a partially blind lioness named Bella, our beloved heroine, who is flourishing in Malawi; the five bears rehomed in a wildlife park in Brasov Romania, including a blind Tibetan female in her special enclosure;  about dogs, cats, doves, goats and horses that were rescued; and our two baboons whose once miserable lives have been turned around in a better zoo in Romania where they live side by side with other baboons and released of the agonizing humiliation of daily mistreatment, filthy surroundings and loneliness.

Some of the  that we plan to tell are about the owls and turtle, the roosters and goats that all lived in Buhusi Zoo and the people who visited them. Part of our story is about the amazing resilience and heart of animals. Part of the story is about the aftermath of Communism and Holocaust and how it effected a once wealthy community that had a zoo once adored. And Part of the story is about the difference that we can make as caring human beings because or your support and compassion. We have great partners and friends worldwide. Our circle of astonishing people expands all the time.


We dedicate this blog to all the children in Buhusi who used to come to the zoo to help us feed and care for the animals and who we hope are sleeping through the night knowing that the animals have new  homes.

some of the children in buhusi had lives that were not much better thanthe animals they tried to help.  Their generosity and joy was inspiring.


And of course, there are many animals over the years who never made it and those are tragic tales but worth the telling as well.


We hope you will love seeing our creatures and reading about their new lives.
Laura, Jane, Sue and Alina

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