Celebrate Rescue of Lions from Roadside Zoo

Target: Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Steven Wells

Goal: Congratulate organization for rescuing abused lions from a roadside zoo.

Animal rights advocates are celebrating a big win as two lionesses will be transferred from a roadside zoo to an animal sanctuary in Colorado. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the Cricket Hollow Zoo, a roadside zoo attraction in Iowa, to secure the animals’ release. The lawsuit, which was filed back in 2014, detailed how the treatment of the two lionesses violated the Endangered Species act and was bordering on animal abuse. The lionesses were reportedly kept in a small cage with fly-covered meat dangling from the ceiling and feces scattered across the floor.

According to ALDF, the lionesses were in such bad condition that if they hadn’t immediately intervened, the cats would not have survived very long. One member took a video in which the lions appeared frail, trembling under their own weight and panting as they walked around. Due to the recent inclusion of African lions in the Endangered Species Act, a judge was able to secure their transfer from the zoo to the rescue facility.

If it weren’t for the courageous actions of the legal team at ALDF, these lionesses might not be alive today. Now, they are at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and are slowly being nurtured back to full health. Sign the petition below to commend ALDF for the rescue of these mistreated animals.


Dear Director Wells,

Thanks to your team at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and their dedication to conserving animal life and protecting endangered creatures, the lionesses that were once slowly dying at the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Iowa are now on their way to a full recovery. If it weren’t for your legal team, who knows where these poor lionesses would be?

It’s because of animal defense leagues like yours that we are able to rescue animals from the hands of abusers across America and the world. Without conservation groups and people who genuinely care enough about these animals to wade through the endless amount of legal paperwork, there would be millions of animals still living under the care of ruthless and careless owners.

I want to congratulate you and your staff on a job well done in rescuing these poor lionesses and securing their transfer to a sanctuary that will ensure they get the necessary care they require. Thanks to your team we are one step closer to making sure that African Lions get taken off the endangered species list and we can once again have a healthy lion population on Planet Earth.


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Photo Credit: Animal Legal Defense Fund

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  1. I’m proud to call myself a supporter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund; here is just one example of the work they do in support of animals.

    • These lions should never have been allowed to be put in this position in the first place. What is wrong with some Americans and the Law in that country. If the lions were not endangered this would have been allowed to continue. Thank goodness they are in a sanctuary now. What about other wild animals confined in cages by the roadside, one being a tiger? What mentally deranged authorities and Law allows this?

  2. animal legal defense fund is the best now.

  3. Although I give the animal league a big pat on the back these poor animals shouldn’t have been there in the first place. the authorities need to tighten up on their animal welfare

    • Absolutely!

      There should be an Animal Legal Defence in every country fighting for every animal. Heaven knows, some countries really need it!

  4. S.Browning says:

    Good news for once! Thank you.

  5. Good job n so happy 🙂 God bless your n all lovely animals ♡♡♡♡ Tq all 🙂

  6. Terri Madden says:

    It is so refreshing to know that there are so many GOOD people out there still….not just caring, but taking action to make life better for other sentient beings. Makes me feel as though there may be some hope for humans after all. <3

  7. Happy to see something positive for a change <3

    I do not understand why anyone wants to see lions, tigers, or other wild animals in these horrible conditions. It doesn't teach anything about the animals – only that abuse is OK under certain instances. AND its NEVER OK. All it shows is how far some people can go to make a buck.
    A long and happier life for these sisters.
    Thank you, ALDF <3

  8. Terrible it’s taken 2 years.It should always be with immediate effect to step in with cruelty cases like this. So pleased to see the ALDF have done more amazing work.Excellent happy news,thank you :).

  9. Brilliant work! Thank you.

  10. A big thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund and everyone involved in rescuing the 2 beautiful lions. Keep up the good work!

  11. Good news for once! Thank goodness for people like you. Thank you so much for saving these beautiful animals. I wish there were millions more people like you around the world. xxx

  12. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

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