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over the last two decades, africa has lost 30% of its lions, and today fewer than 35,000-26,000 remain. of those, many are kept in zoos - such as the one seen here in harar, ethiopia - where they suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom that captivity imposes. 

the born free foundation believes that such confinement and exploitation should be a thing of the past, and works to rescue displaced wild animals, like dolo (pictured above), from their lives of misery in zoos and circuses. 

found as a cub in the wild by ethopian soldiers, dolo spent the first four years of his life in a cage, tethered by a one meter length chain. the born free foundation rescued dolo, who now lives in their sanctuary in ensessakotteh, near addis ababa, where, as can be seen in the final photo (in stark contrast to the first), he is now thriving.

photos by george logan

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