Love in the Wild: Valentine’s Day Special – Animal Edition

By: Bobbi Brink

As we approach the season of love, our hearts are drawn to the untamed beauty of the animal kingdom, where affectionate bonds and unique connections unfold in the most unexpected places. This Valentine's Day, join us for a heartwarming journey into the wild as we celebrate the extraordinary love stories of the residents at Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary.

This special edition brings tales of companionship, resilience, and camaraderie among our beloved animal friends. From Teddy and Baloo, who overcame hardships and found solace in each other's company, to Moka and Nola, whose true friendship blossomed after being rescued from different corners of the country, each tale carries a unique and touching narrative.

Discover how you can support the well-being and care of our remarkable residents by making donations in the name of love. Your contributions help ensure that the wild animals in our care continue to thrive in a safe and loving environment.

Fantastic Duos at LTB

Celebrating love and companionship among our animal friends at Lions Tigers & Bears is heartwarming, especially on Valentine's Day. Here are a few fantastic duos that exemplify the bonds of friendship and playfulness:

Teddy and Baloo

Teddy and Baloo were born into captivity at the Cherokee Bear Zoo, known as “The Pits,” where they were kept in horrible, pitted cinder block cells and could only see upwards. Right after birth, before they could even open their eyes, they were used for public petting and photo ops. As they grew too large for petting, they were sent to an auction house in Ohio, purchased by a couple, and then donated to another zoo. These unfortunate bears were displaced multiple times, bouncing around from one zoo to the next, ultimately ending back in private ownership with the couple.

When the couple realized they couldn't provide a proper home for the bears, they reached out to Bobbi for help. This situation is a common result of private ownership; 99.9% of the time, it does not work out. Wildlife born into captivity require an environment, care, and attention that only a true accredited sanctuary can provide. LTB took in all four bears in late May 2014, and now, Teddy and Baloo roam freely in spaces designed to mimic their natural habitats. Like typical brothers, they spend most of their time climbing on big rocks, playing, roaming, and sleeping.


Moka and Nola

Moka, a Bengal tiger, was confiscated at the Mexican border in August 2017. Smugglers were trying to transport him across the border to the US. He was then taken to San Diego Zoo Park, but the zoo could not provide a lifetime home for him.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Service asked LTB to take in Moka, and in June 2018, Moka found his permanent home at our wildlife sanctuary San Diego. Shortly afterward, he was introduced to Nola, a white tiger cub of similar age.

Nola was also illegally trafficked and rescued from an unpermitted location near New Orleans, Louisiana. She was only five months old at the time and needed immediate medical attention for conditions arising from neglect. She had parasites and malnutrition.

Moka and Nola are now best friends! They love swimming, wrestling, playing and romping together in their spacious habitats.


Jillian and Suri

Jillian and Suri are siblings and were rescued alongside their brother Bakari in 2005 from a failing unaccredited big cat roadside facility in Louisiana. The facility was overcrowded and unable to keep the cubs, so LTB stepped in to take all three African lions. Suri, Jillian and Bakari were only 4 weeks old at the time of rescue. Suri was the smallest and sweetest. She was playful, too.

On the other hand, Jillian had a youthful and vibrant personality as a cub. Today, the siblings spend time wading in the ponds, lounging in the cool grass and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the sanctuary.

This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to come and witness the joyous connections and remarkable friendships that thrive among these and other residents of Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary. Most visitors can’t help falling in love with these creatures, and we’re sure you will, too!

Our sanctuary is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, and all ages are welcome. You can also stay the night and have your own private safari experience, or plan your dream wedding or any other special or corporate event on our grounds.


A Perfect Place for Outdoor Events and Weddings in San Diego

If you’re looking for a birthday, corporate event, team-building retreat, or wedding event space, Lions Tigers and Bears has got you covered! Our exotic animal sanctuary boasts expansive grassy lawns, and picturesque meadows, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your event. This natural beauty collectively provides a stunning and serene backdrop, setting the stage for unforgettable moments during your event.

But that’s not all – what sets LTB’s grounds apart is the captivating presence of our incredible animal residents. Imagine saying your vows with the majestic roar of a white lion in the background or toasting a successful business venture with the playful antics of bears in view. The opportunity to share your special moments with these incredible creatures makes your event truly unique.

The best part is you can feel good knowing that by choosing LTB for your event, you are positively impacting the lives of our rescued animals. The proceeds from your celebration go directly towards supporting the well-being and care of these magnificent creatures, contributing to their continued happiness and health.

You can even stay the night and experience the ultimate romantic getaway just outside San Diego with our White Oak Wild Nights. Here, you can spend the night along side majestic animals like leopards and lions under the stars. Stay in luxurious accommodations featuring two bedrooms and a lavish bath, while enjoying access to amenities like pools, a jacuzzi, and grilling stations.

Witness the magic of nature unfold before your eyes as our professional keepers interact with exotic animals like Moka & Nola. Your stay not only offers unparalleled luxury but also directly supports the care and well-being of the animals here at Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary.


Express Your Love: Support Our Animal Sanctuary

Love knows no bounds, and at Lions Tigers & Bears, we invite you to express your affection meaningfully—by supporting our beloved animal residents. As a sanctuary committed to the well-being and care of these extraordinary creatures, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you to make a lasting impact.

Make a Donation

Consider making a financial contribution to support the ongoing care, feeding, and medical needs of our animals. Every donation, regardless of size, contributes to their happiness and health.

Sponsor an Animal

Establish a memorable connection by sponsoring one of our incredible animal residents. Your sponsorship helps cover the costs of their specific care, ensuring they lead fulfilling lives.

In-Kind Donations

Support us by donating items that enhance the lives of our animals, such as blankets, toys, or enrichment items. Check the wishlist on our website, or contact us for a list of current needs.

Volunteer Your Time

If you're local or planning to visit, consider volunteering your time. Assist with daily tasks, engage in enrichment activities with the animals, and contribute to the overall well-being of our sanctuary.

Corporate Sponsorships

Explore opportunities for corporate partnerships or sponsorships. Your business can impact positively, gaining visibility and alignment with a meaningful cause.

Join us in spreading love and compassion for these extraordinary animals. Your support enables us to rescue animals and provide a safe and loving home for their well-being and happiness. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more about how you can contribute to the Lions Tigers & Bears mission.

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