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leopard cub arrives safely at rescue center in France
A black leopard cub—one of five big cat cubs rescued from the exotic pet trade in war-torn Ukraine and brought to Poznań Zoo in Poland—has arrived at a wildlife shelter in France.
The cub, named Kiara, is now six months old. She was only a few weeks old when she was surrendered to Wild Animal Rescue Center, a wildlife rescue organization in Kyiv, Ukraine. The organization reached out to IFAW to help evacuate her and find a suitable long-term home.
After being transported to Poznań Zoo in Poland in October, where she received care for several weeks, Kiara began the 15-hour journey to a wildlife rescue center in France called Tonga Terre d’Accueil. She arrived safely at the wildlife shelter and will remain there until she’s ready to be placed at a long-term facility that will serve as her forever home.
"Since the beginning of 2022, our shelter has been facing an explosion of animals rescued from animal trafficking,” says Pierre Thivillon, founder and president of Tonga Terre d’Accueil. “People's craze for keeping exotic animals as pets has become a real crisis. It is vital to put in place laws that are sufficiently dissuasive with heavy penalties.”
IFAW is on the ground helping animals threatened by the intense conflict in Ukraine since March, and these tiny cubs have been on a long journey to safety. Thanks to overwhelming support from people around the world, IFAW’s work and that of our partners continues to make a difference for the animals and people impacted by the war in Ukraine and around the world.
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