ALPINE–Moka the rescued tiger confiscated at the US/MX border from animal traffickers is celebrating his first full year at Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary.
Moka will open his presents at about 10 a.m. during a special educational visit at the sanctuary this Saturday.
A victim of wildlife trafficking, Moka captured the hearts of animal lovers and his story represents many of the serious issues threatening tigers. Initially cared for by the San Diego Zoo, Moka is a “generic” tiger bred for the exotic animal trade and doesn’t fit within zoo conservation guidelines. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials asked Lions Tigers & Bears to provide lifetime sanctuary and Moka was moved to the sanctuary last summer. Moka’s birthday coincides with International Tiger Day on July 29 and is a great time to learn about the exotic animal trade and how we can all protect tigers like Moka.
Visitors will see Moka and all the rescued animals up close during a two hour guided visit at the non-profit rescue and education center.
Located just outside Alpine, Lions Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue facility that is home to over 60 animals representing 19 different species, including African lions, tigers, American black bears, Himalayan black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, leopards, an African serval, bobcats and dozens of rescued ranch animals.
Donations in honor of Moka’s birthday are welcome to support Moka’s life-long care at the non-profit sanctuary. It costs over $10,000 per year for basic care of a tiger like Moka.
Tickets are $26 to $46 Reservations are required. Admission is free to members. Proceeds from the event will support life-saving care for rescued animals.
Lions Tigers & Bears is located at 24402 Martin Way in Alpine.