- Yorkshire airline continues to raise funds for rescued Romanian lions
Following on from the rescue of 13 lions from Romania in 2010, leading leisure airline Jet2.com has donated £1,800 to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, allowing keepers to buy and plant 12 trees in the park’s 10 acre Lion Country Reserve.
Jet2.com Cabin crew members Lauren Summerskill and William Strickland present the cheque to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Director Cheryl Williams and Animal Manager Simon Marsh.
As a tribute to Jet2.com’s lion rescue; the head of the pride was officially named “Jettoo Johnny” in honour of the airline. Since February 2011, cuddly soft-toy versions of Jettoo have been sold on board all flights with some of the proceeds from the sale of each toy collected to further support the Wildlife Park.
Back in 2010 when big hearted bosses at Jet2.com learnt the plight of the lions, they rushed in to help Yorkshire Wildlife Park rescue them and provided an aircraft to fly the lions to their new home.
Cheryl Williams, Director at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: “The lions have settled in to life here in Yorkshire superbly and they’re happier and healthier than ever before. The support from Jet2.com has been fantastic, and we’re thrilled to use the money raised from the airline to plant these trees, which will provide them with extra shade and stimulation.”
Steve Heapy, Chief Commercial Officer of Jet2.com, said: “The beautiful lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park are close to the hearts of the team at Jet2.com so it’s wonderful to see them so settled in to their new life so well. The passengers on board our flights have fed back that they love the cuddly soft-toy lions, so it’s an honour to continue to help the lions settle into their Yorkshire home.”
How the lions arrived at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
In February 2011 Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Jet2.com, embarked on the world's biggest ever lion rescue operation after learning of the plight of a pride of 13 lions at Romania’s Ordea Zoo. Kept in miniscule concrete cells, weak and covered in sores, the pride was facing almost certain death, before bosses at Yorkshire Wildlife Park launched a successful £150,000 appeal to rescue them. Jet2.com flew the lions to the UK as part of the Wildlife Park’s special mission and since then, they have been rehabilitated back to good health by veterinary experts and staff at their 10 acre home in the Wildlife Park.