Shadow the black leopard was rescued from Spirit of the Hills Sanctuary in South Dakota in October 2016. Lions Tigers & Bears was part of a massive rescue and relocation effort for the sanctuary that began in the fall of 2016. The sanctuary was struggling to care for their 160+ animals, and after a tiger mauling occurred at the facility following a failed USDA inspection, the sanctuary was shut down. Lions Tigers & Bears worked together with local authorities and the sanctuary director to secure new homes for all of the facility's exotics, which included bears, wolves, tigers, lions, and other big cats. The Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team traveled more than 8,000 miles to relocate animals all across the United States.