Alika, a lioness who looked famished when she was rescued from the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation Sanctuary in a property in Ajusco, little by little he has recovered his health at the Chapultepec Zoo, the Mexico City Environment Secretariat (Sedema) reported.
The before and after photographs show the improvement in the feline’s health that He had severe malnutrition, lesions on his skin and on his tail. at the time of his rescue.
Currently, Alika has started to regain her body weight, as she He went from weighing 90 kilograms in July 2022 to the 150 kilograms he currently has, while the lesions on her skin and tail have disappeared, so now the lioness looks with the splendor typical of her species.
According to Sedema, the medical attention, food and care that Alika has received at the Chapultepec Zoo have been vital for the recovery of the lioness, who had to be admitted to the hospital of that wildlife center when she was just released. delivered to the zoos of Mexico City.
He technical deputy director of the Chapultepec Zoo, Javier Ojeda Chávezexplained that Alika “arrived in poor health, very thin and with skin problems”, for which she had to stay several months in the veterinary hospital under observation and care from specialists.
The veterinarian added that the lioness had to be put on a very specific diet so that she could regain her weight and body condition, including some multivitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition, blood samples and coproparasitoscopic examinations were performed to determine the nutrients that were lacking and design the treatment that required for your health conditions.
They checked how much they were consuming, how much wasted, what ingredients they liked. With everyone’s care, she got ahead
Upon her arrival in July 2022, Alika weighed almost 90 kilos and currently weighs 150 kilos; while her skin lesions, associated with ulcers from being in one position for too long and on inappropriate surfaces, finally healed.
The veterinarian Javier Ojeda remembers that when he arrived at the zoo Alika was weak, she looked very listless and didn’t want to move, Therefore, it was necessary for the veterinarians, biologists and zookeepers from the Chapultepec zoo to work in a coordinated way to try to save Alika.
Thus, after staying in the veterinary hospital until her health was restored, Alika currently resides in the Wildlife Conservation Center located in the 1st Section of the Chapultepec Forest.
“Here (in her hostel) she is seen much more relaxed, sunbathing, resting, exploring her space, entertaining herself with her environmental enrichment (which allows her to develop behavior according to her species, similar to what she would do in her natural habitat. )”assured the veterinarian Javier Ojeda.
After the rescue of almost a hundred big cats in poor health conditions from the sanctuary of the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation a group of seven lions and lionesses, as well as a tigress were transferred to the Chapultepec Zoo given their precarious state of health and the impossibility of taking them further.
Of this group, the lioness Alika took the longest to recoveraccording to the Sedema.