Born: 2011
Comes from: Private owner in Slovakia
Family: brother of Bruno

Omar was born in a circus in Slovakia. As a cub he was bought by a man who thought it would be nice to have a lion. But when he fled the country, Omar was left in his small cage. The man’s father tried to sell the lion, which failed. Omar lost a lot of weight and his cage didn’t provide shelter from the cold. When a group of animal activists noticed that Omar was for sale, they alerted Stichting Leeuw. In March 2015 the foundation rescued Omar, and restored him to good health in the shelter.

In 2017 Stichting Leeuw had acquired enough funds and Omar was strong enough to move to South Africa. When he left The Netherlands, it was snowing, so the change to the African climate was hard on him. He had huge manes, which didn’t help in the heat. A tent was donated to him, which gave him extra shelter from the sun. After a few months he was used to his new home. He is quite particular; he tolerates the keepers but is not keen on the volunteers. At the moment he lives alone – he was separated from his brother very early on, so the two big males would fight each other if they would meet. We do have three lovely lionesses, Nora, Ziera and Mahli, housed very near to Omar, so they can slowly get used to each other. The aim is to match Omar with one or two of these lionesses.

Omar on arrival 04-03-2015                         Omar relocated back to South Africa in 2017


Omar on arrival at Stichting Leeuw 04-03-2015

Omar relocated back to South Africa in 2017


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rehabilitate lions in need from
all over the world to their
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