Aslan and two lionesses were part of a big cat rescue from the Catskill Game Farm in New York. With the closure of their animal park, the Game Farm auctioned off 950 animals and made east coast and national headlines.
Many worried that some of the animals would wind up in the hands of unscrupulous dealers, or that animals, such as deer or goats, would go to people who run ‘canned shoot’ operations where hunters pay to shoot fenced-in animals. It is described as one of the largest animal rescues of its type. Wildlife Watch intervened on behalf of the three lions to ensure a safer fate through placement at TWS.
Pine County Sanctuary Bears Burden of Big Cat Boom – Star Tribune Article – 1/7/2007
Caring for the Catskill Game Farm Cats- Wildlife Watch Binocular- Spring 2007
Aslan was born in 1996. Along with his pride, Shanti Deva and Asha, he arrived at the Sanctuary in 2006. Everything was very new to him and he had no trust for humans. Luckily, he had his pride by his side to reassure him that everything was going to be alright.
Over the years, Aslan’s confidence has grown. Since moving into their free-roaming habitat in 2009, he has let us see his true personality. He has fun rolling down the hill with Asha at feeding time and can now sleep peacefully even when people are around. He enjoys his enrichment, especially the scent of Vick’s vapor rub. He even joins in during the girls’ painting sessions, showing off his unique artistic side.
You can help provide daily care of Aslan by becoming his sponsor, your help will be greatly appreciated.