Private Owner Surrender – Hajras is a 2-year old male African Lion who was purchased as a gift from a local Jordanian zoo when he was just a few days old. Due to inter-breeding and his previous owner’s general lack of knowledge in proper nutrition and care, Hajras has been left with debilitating after-effects. His body is not proportioned properly, as evidenced by his deformed bone structure, leaving his tongue to stick out, causing difficulty whilst eating. His forelimbs and vertebral column are deformed, which can be a source of pain for him. He was castrated and declawed by his previous owner, and due to this he will never grow a mane. He will never be able to integrate into a pride or have a companion in his enclosure, due to his health issues. Despite this, Hajras has made great progress since being moved to Al Ma'wa in April 2018, and we look forward to seeing how he continues to progress and comes out of his shell!


We are very sad to announce that Hajras had to be humanely euthanized due to his ill-health. After his arrival at Al Ma’wa, it became apparent that Hajras had an anatomical abnormality, leaving him in constant pain and discomfort. Despite performing surgery in an attempt to fix this problem, this was unsuccessful, and Hajras’ well-being deteriorated. The only option and difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize him, as this was in his best interest. We were very privileged to have had Hajras in our care.