About Our Exotic Animal Rescues

From North Carolina to Ohio, Oklahoma to New York, and many states in between, the Lions Tigers & Bears rescue team has traveled tens of thousands of miles to save abused, neglected and abandoned animals from around the country. Our Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team, not only helps save animals bound for our sanctuary, but has also provided critical rescue, medical care and safe transport for hundreds of big cats, bears and other four-legged animals to new forever homes at reputable sanctuaries across the United States.

Read further to learn about the amazing rescue stories of some of the animals that have been rescued by the team.

These incredible animals have been through unimaginable hardships, often left in small cages without proper nutrition or fresh air, and traveled thousands of miles for a second chance. It is a privilege to be part of their lives and provide a safe, healthy and caring refuge for these beautiful creatures who deserve a better tomorrow.

SAFARI JOE OKLAHOMA RESCUE

The Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team completed a 4,000 mile journey to Oklahoma and back to save four big cats from a defunct drive-thru roadside zoo in July 2022.
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ROCKY THE BEAR

Meet Rocky. He is an 18 year Syrian-Grizzly bear that is retired from the film industry. Rocky was being kept at a temporary facility in Southern California that couldn't provide him the space or enrichment that he deserved. He was welcomed to our sanctuary on June 4, 2022.
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JUNIOR AND MISS KITTY

Junior and Miss Kitty are two servals in Arizona that needed our help. After the tragic passing of their private owner they are running out of options. Learn more about their rescue.
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LYKA THE LIONESS

Learn more about how our Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team went on a mission to the Philippines to visit Lyka a blind lioness, where they established a firsthand account on her condition and helped provide her with her first ever veterinary examination.
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DECEMBER 2017 RESCUE

Read about how life is forever changed for five bears and one white tiger cub after being relocated to safety by Lions Tigers & Bears. They traveled 5,500 miles from three southern states to find sanctuary at our refuge in Alpine, CA.
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SOUTH DAKOTA SANCTUARY CLOSURE

Lions Tigers & Bears worked on the front lines to help rescue and relocate more than 100 animals over the course of three months from Spirit of the Hills, a South Dakota sanctuary that was struggling to provide for its animals, with matters made worse by a tiger mauling and voluntary surrender of eleven animals due to USDA animal welfare violations.
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PHEVOS THE GREEK TIGER

Learn about the Greek tiger who traveled half way across the world for a better life. Nearly a year in the works, the rescue of Phevos, a captive tiger living at the Trikala Zoo in Greece, was Lions Tigers & Bears first international rescue.
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CROSS-COUNTRY MULTI-BEAR RESCUE

Read about the cross-country rescue of five bears - Mack, Pepper, Michael, Shawn, and Sandy - who survived injuries and cruel conditions. The bears were rescued and relocated by Lions Tigers & Bears and now have a happily ever after ending.
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NEW YORK BEAR RESCUE

Traveling five days and 3,000 miles, the Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team rescued six bears - Sasha, Sebastian, Dasha, Dora, Diego and Darwin - living in a small backyard zoo. They now have a safe home at a sanctuary in Colorado.
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NORTH CAROLINA BEAR RESCUE

The Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team made a 5,000-mile journey to rescue four captive bred bears from Wilmington, NC. Two Himalayan black bears - Teddy and Baloo - and two Silvertip Grizzlies - Albert and Cherry Bomb - have a permanent home at our San Diego, California sanctuary.
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TASHA THE COUGAR RESCUE

Tasha the cougar was relinquished by a private owner in Ohio. Lions Tigers & Bears helped coordinate Tasha's rescue and transported her to her new lifetime home at an accredited safari park in Oregon.
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OHIO BEAR RESCUE

Learn about the rescue of Maddie, a 390-pound black bear who was kept in a 20 x 20 foot corn crib without space to run and play. She now lives in a beautiful, four-acre habitat with a pool, grass, and hills, and fed a healthy diet.
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BLOSSOM AND DELILAH RESCUE

Blossom and Delilah were rescued from the Little River Zoo in Norman, Oklahoma where they were neglected and about to be sold to a big game hunting ranch. The black bears now live in a natural habitat at Lions Tigers & Bears.
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RESCUE ONE

Learn about one of Lions Tigers & Bears' earliest cross-country rescues to save dozens of animals from a failing sanctuary in Ohio.
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OUR FIRST RESCUE - RAJA & NATASHA

Raja and Natasha were the founding tigers of Lions Tigers & Bears. The pair were rescued from Texas on September 5, 2002 by Bobbi Brink, Lions Tigers & Bears' Founder and Director.
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MARYLAND RESCUE

Meet Susie, Our Himalayan Black Bear Susie and her sister, Sallie, were rescued from Tri-State Zoological Park in Maryland in October 2022. The facility was a defunct roadside zoo that was shut down due to numerous animal welfare violations over the years. Including multiple deaths of big cats as a result of inadequate veterinary care and emaciation. PETA filed suit, and in 2019 a court ruling for violations of the Endangered Species Act called for the transfer of three big cats to true sanctuaries, and prohibited the facility from ever owning or possessing endangered or threatened species again. During this time, five more animals including the tiger died under the facilities care. In 2020, another lawsuit was filed by PETA, and it consequently took another two years to get this rescue in motion. Needless to say, our team was relieved to help facilitate the rescue of 12 animals from the property. The animals include:

2 female Himalayan black bears named Susie & Sallie
2 miniature horses named Dream & Cappuccino
1 llama named Cody
2 emus
2 coatis
2 geese
and 1 pot-bellied pig named Snorkel

Our Rescue Team worked on the grounds to safely load the animals into our rescue hauler and prepared them for transport to their forever homes. The team had to retrofit our rescue hauler in order to safely accommodate the eclectic crew of passengers.
Susie, Sallie, Cody, Dream & Cappuccino were welcomed to Lions Tigers & Bears, while the remaining animals were transported to an accredited sanctuary in Texas.Susie and Sallie were actually rescued on their 32nd birthday - October 12, 2022! What a special birthday gift to be rescued and finally get the care they deserve. Susie and Sallie spent many years in a small, filthy enclosure with no access to fresh water. They became very overweight, which caused great discomfort as a result. Both bears also are missing most of their teeth due to a very poor diet and lack of veterinary care over their lifetime. Our team is providing Susie and Sallie with a healthy diet, lots of enrichment, and tailored veterinary care to help make their life as comfortable as possible. We are honored to be able to provide these beautiful sisters with a life of dignity and compassion here at Lions Tigers & Bears.
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