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Kenya Airways And Born Free Airlift King to Safer Sanctuary

Kenya Airways has partnered with an international wildlife charity, Born Free to airlift a one-year-old lion cub to the Big Cat Rescue Centre at Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

The cub, called King, was rescued from an apartment in Paris, France last summer where he was being kept illegally as an “exotic pet” in appalling conditions.

Cub King started his journey from Natuurhulpcentrum rescue centre, Belgium, on Thursday last week. From Belgium, he travelled under the care of Born Free’s expert team to London Heathrow Airport for a flight to Africa, courtesy of Kenya Airways.

The King touched down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, before travelling the short distance by road to Shamwari and to his new home at Born Free’s Jean Byrd Centre.

Shamwari has been home to Born Free’s two Big Cat Rescue Centres for more than 20 years. Virginia said he said. Born Free’s Corporate Partner, Kenya Airways, flew King to Africa.

The sad story of King before he was rescued highlights the plight of millions of captive wild animals around the world that are kept as exotic pets. Born Free opposes the keeping of wild animals as pets.

Wild animals, whether they have been taken from the wild or bred in captivity, have extremely complex social, physical and behavioural needs and are, therefore, particularly susceptible to suffer when kept as pets.

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