2 lions from Mideast war zones head to South African refuge

Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

Published Monday, February 26, 2018 7:04AM EST

Last Updated Monday, February 26, 2018 8:02AM EST

JOHANNESBURG — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria were transported to South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world.

The male lions arrived in Johannesburg in metal crates on a Qatar Airways flight after leaving an animal refuge in Jordan on Sunday. They were loaded onto vehicles for a drive of several hours to their new home at the Lionsrock facility near…

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