Target: Lana El-Khalil, President of Animals Lebanon
Goal: Thank Animals Lebanon for bringing lion to sanctuary after years of solitary confinement.
A lion, by the name of Leonidas, has spent his entire life in captivity. He was sold to an amusement park from a zoo. During his time at the amusement park, Leonidas spent years in darkness on a concrete floor. He was confined to a 6-meter shipping container in complete isolation.
Lions are the only big cats to live in groups. Lions in the wild travel in herds called prides. They are social animals and are very loving towards one another. Lions in prides often touch, rub, and lick each other. Lions in isolation suffer mentally just like humans do.
Animals Lebanon, an animal advocacy group, convinced the owners of Leonidas to retire him after all these years. After 10 months of conversing, Leonidas was finally transferred to Drakenstein Lion Park in South Africa. Drakenstein Lion Park describes itself as “a sanctuary for captive born predators.” According to the park, Leonidas is adjusting well to all the new, unfamiliar things in his environment. He is getting used to the grass, trees, and all the space he has to roam.
Sign this letter and thank Lana El-Khalil and the rest of Animals Lebanon for all their hard work in bringing Leonidas to his new home. He now gets to live out the rest of his days happy and healthy.
Dear President El-Khalil,
Leonidas, a lion born into captivity, was sold to an amusement park by a zoo some time ago. For much of his time at the amusement park, Leonidas was confined to a 6-meter shipping containment all alone in the dark.
Living like this was very tolling for Leonidas. Lions are one of the only members of the big cat family to live in groups. Lions are social animals and are very affectionate towards one another. Lions in prides often touch, rub, and lick one another.
Thanks to all your hard work and the work of your group, Animals Lebanon, Leonidas has now been moved to a sanctuary. The sanctuary, Drakenstein Lion Park, is located in South Africa. They describes themselves as “a sanctuary for captive born predators.” According to the park, Leonidas is adjusting well to all the new, unfamiliar things in his environment. He is now getting used to the grass, trees, and all the space to roam thanks to you and your colleagues. I just want to thank you for all the hard work you put into saving this poor animal.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Drakenstein Lion Park