Special Prosecutor’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) and Navy Secretariat staff transported six tigers, two jaguars, two lions and one leopard to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Denver, Colorado.
The 11 felines, who were victims of mistreatment and exploited, were rescued in various locations and were temporarily being held at the bio-park in Pachuca, Hidalgo, where they were rehabilitated.
Environmental attorney, Guillermo Haro Bélchez said that on Aug. 26, 2015, one coyote and 11 other big cats were sent to the same place in Denver.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary has 300 hectares of land on which 350 different species of animals live.
Profepa and Semar posted various tweets about the event on their accounts:
@PROFEPA_Mx @SEMAR_MX realizarán traslado aéreo de 11grandes felinos a @AnimalSanctuary https://t.co/b5tVB8ZLRi pic.twitter.com/eFcj29uFRF
— PROFEPA (@PROFEPA_Mx) March 1, 2016
Banderazo de salida de 11 felinos transportados por @SEMAR_mx rumbo a @animalsanctuary #DirectoALaLibertad pic.twitter.com/SA2FqIvnYI
— SEMAR México (@SEMAR_mx) March 4, 2016