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Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary to receive Bolivian lions

Craig's Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, is set to welcome 25 lions rescued from Bolivian circuses, according to NewsCore.

The animal sanctuary is run by Pat Craig, 50, who was once a high school math teacher.

"It wasn't a hard decision. I've got the room. This is what I do," said Craig, who runs the 320-acre sanctuary and takes care of three wolf packs, 66 black bears, 13 grizzlies, 2 lion prides, 70 tigers, and 14 other lions. "I'm pretty sure they will like it here," said Craig.

Craig's Wild Animal Sanctuary runs on donations and visitors. Craig started caring for wild animals at the age of 20 and bought his first 80-acre wheat field in 1994, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Some people think Pat's a little crazy, taking in all those animals and then moving among them like he does," Rick Barongi, the director at the Houston Zoo, told the news source. "There's no one like him, for sure."

Bolivia implemented a law in July 2010 forbidding circuses from having wild animals, reported CBS last year. Lions have a lifespan of about 30 years according to the Newton website from the Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy.
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