Queen Sofía of Spain attends opening AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection rescue centre for big cats
A royal visit at Primadomus, the Spanish branch of AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection. Today, Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain attends the official opening of the AAP rescue centre for big cats. With the rescue centre, AAP creates a safe haven for dozens of lions, tigers, and other threatened big cats. AAP is greatly honoured by the Queen’s visit to the new facilities. Sofía is a prominent animal lover and long-time defender of animal rights. “Her support for AAP and other animal welfare organisations plays a crucial role in creating awareness in Spain, where animal rights cannot be taken for granted,” says David van Gennep, Executive Director at AAP.
Even before all of the facilities were finished, we rescued the first big cats. Lion Reza was one of the first inhabitants. After having lived in a French circus trailer for 13 years, Reza has been enjoying his big outside enclosure and the Spanish sun for over a year now, together with lioness Aya.
Early 2015 AAP received over 1,4 million euros from the Postcode Lottery. Also thanks to this generous amount AAP was able to complete the rescue facilities for big cats.
Primadomus is the Spanish headquarters of AAP, 7.5 kilometers south of Villena (30.000 inwoners) in Alicante. Primadomus has developed to one of Europe’s leading facilities for the intake and rehabilitation of primates. In 2013, AAP Primadomus was recognized as the first Official CITES Rescue Center in Spain.