While the habitat is still being constructed and ADI will need to secure permits to transport the lions, Phillips estimates they could be leaving as soon as August, depending on the status of fundraising efforts. ADI is also working to rescue other former circus animals who are being relocated due to Guatemala’s performance ban.
“This really is just phase one,” Phillips said. “We need a lot of support now to get them home.”
Until then, the lions are clearly already learning just how wonderful freedom feels, and Phillips is excited to show them everything that’s still to come.