By Miriam Raftery
February 24, 2017 (Alpine) — Lufuno, Arusha and Zulu were forced to perform in a famous traveling circus for many years. But soon the trio of lions will have a new home at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine.
Lufino, whose name means “good to love” in Swahili, is a 12-year-old white lion. Arusha and Zulu are 14-year-old sisters who have been together their entire lives.
The circus owner has retired and agreed to never again work in the exotic animal entertainment industry, following laws to restrict use of animals in circuses and other entertainment venues.
“Lions, Tigers and Bears is committed to giving these lions a great home where they will be well-cared for…for the rest of their lives,” says Bobbi Brink, founder of LTB.
It will cost about $10,000 a year for each lion to provide basic care. In addition, funds are needed for medical care and to build a new habitat, since the lions are currently in cages.
To donate, you can visit www.lionstigersandbears.org.