"Before the journey began, the five lions underwent veterinary checks under anaesthesia," Four Paws wrote on its website:
All five are in good health and ready for the long journey to South Africa. We will transfer them by car to Frankfurt International Airport, where they will departure on a cargo flight to Johannesburg. It is a long journey – but worth the effort. In less than 48 hours, these five lions will finally be in a species-appropriate home. They will feel the grass underneath their paws, will smell the fresh African air and will enjoy the first warm rays of the South African spring sun.
Thanks to these tireless efforts, The lions, Lavinia, Lidia, Marin, Tarhon Big and Petrica, will soon call Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa home.