Release Mountain Lions From Concrete Pit in Roadside Zoo

Target: Tim Williams, Roswell, New Mexico Parks and Recreation Director

Goal: Retire the two mountain lions at Spring River Park & Zoo to an accredited sanctuary.

Spring River Park & Zoo is a roadside zoo in New Mexico that has kept two mountain lions in what appear to be decrepit conditions for much too long. It is time these animals are given the life they deserve.

The mountain lions, Bart and Bret, are kept in a small, concrete pit with little to no stimulation. Bart and Bret are often seen pacing back and forth excessively, which is a stress indicator. The concrete has allegedly led to detrimental effects on their sensitive paws and joints. One of the lions even seems to be obese, which indicates a poor diet and lack of physical stimulation.

Sign this petition to demand the zoo do the right thing and retire these animals to an accredited sanctuary where they can live the life nature intended.


Dear Mr. Williams,

Spring River Park & Zoo currently holds two mountain lions in a barren, concrete pit. It is time these animals are given a chance at the life nature intended.

Bart and Bret, the two mountain lions, are often seen pacing back and forth excessively in their pit. This is a stress indicator likely caused by the lack of stimulation in their small enclosure. In the wild, mountain lions travel long distances, but at Spring River Park & Zoo, the mountain lions are trapped. In addition, the concrete has allegedly caused damage to their sensitive paws and joints.

Please consider releasing these animals to an accredited sanctuary where they can feel grass beneath their feet and wander much farther than they have ever been able to before. The animal rights organization PETA has offered its assistance with the move at no cost to the city, and it is time to accept this generous offer.


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Photo credit: California Department of Fish and Game

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  1. Please step up and retire these poor animals to a sanctuary.

    They’ve lived far too long in prison, which is what this environment is for them.

  2. Brenda Denno says:

    It’s just so cruel to keep these mountain lions in a small enclosure like this. They need to be rescued and sent to a good sanctuary. I think more people are waking up to the huge amount of cruelty that goes on in zoos. Even just to lock up an animal in a small cage is abusive, as they should be out in the wild where they belong, and able to roam free.

  3. free these animals to a great sanctuary today.

  4. Anne Moeller says:

    These beautiful animals deserve to live the rest of their lives in a sanctuary that is as large as possible to run free and be content. Anne Moeller


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