Shanti Deva and two other lions were part of a big cat rescue from the Catskill Game Farm in New York just before Christmas 2006. 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
Shanti Deva was born in 1995 and has called the Sanctuary home since 2006. As the alpha of the pride, Shanti is usually the first to try out new things. When they moved into their free-roaming habitat in 2008, it was Shanti who lead the way reassuring Aslan and Asha that they would be safe.
Shanti is ever vigilant, watching her neighbors every move. She does like to kick back and have some fun though too usually rolling around with her enrichment and playing like a kitten. She is very artistic and is always willing to paint for any art auction we have.
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