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  • Arusha - African Lion at Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary, California
African Lion
Species: Panthera leo
Born: 5/10/2002
Rescued: 4/5/2017
Died:
Gender: Female
Favorite Food: Whole Chickens

Meet Arusha, Our African Lion

Arusha was rescued at the age of 14, along with two other lions, Zulu and Lufuno in April 2017, after their private owner and former animal trainer Brian McMillan, decided to relinquish the trio to Lions Tigers & Bears. Arusha was used as an animal performer in movies, television and live shows - a heinous and grueling life for any animal.

Arusha's former owner Brian spent much of his life training lions for everything from circus acts to the movies. But, as time wore on, Brian began to feel more like an animal advocate than an animal trainer because he was always having to plead for better treatment of the animals. He has since ended his career because he believes that the animals deserve better.