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January 15, 2014

African Lion of Ramona-based Wildlife Center Passes Away

The Fund for Animals

Samson, an African Lion and long-term resident at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, has passed away. Samson came to the wildlife center as a 3-month-old in 2001 after being rescued from the exotic pet trade and an unlicensed owner who hoped to use the kitten as a profit-making prop. Despite his physical deformities, likely a result of improper breeding, Samson enjoyed rolling on pine trees, roaring into a barrel to hear his own echo, and peacefully supervising his domain from atop a platform. 

Ali Crumpacker, director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center said: “This brave lion overcame many obstacles and received extra special care from the staff and volunteers to ensure he was enjoying life to the fullest. In recent weeks, Samson’s health declined and with his long time caregivers at his side, he slid into a peaceful place where we can only hope he is finally able to run free across the savannah of the sky.”

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center houses 53 sanctuary animals, and is primarily focused on assisting native wildlife in need of rescue and rehabilitation. The sanctuary is operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org

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