So, in light of the lion’s desperate plight and continuing decline, several organizations are taking action to prevent the very real threat of total extinction for the species. Zoos and sanctuaries across the world, for instance, have instigated concerted breeding programs for their lion populations. And there is one very special non-profit organization in Mexico running its own initiative.
The Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation was set up to rescue large cats of all stripes and provide care for them. Based in Monterey in Mexico, the foundation also runs a breeding program to help reintroduce felines and some other endangered big cat species into the wild. This is where the YouTube lioness Kiara was taken when she was rescued as a cub.
But in the event that Kiara had not been given a safe berth at Black Jaguar-White Tiger, she may have instead faced a brutal and short life. After all, lions suffering from poor conditions in captivity usually meet early deaths. What’s more, captive felines in the U.S. and Mexico can often also be used as photo props. To that end, they are often unsafely drugged into a stupor to render them unthreatening.