Mexican rescue center for big cats takes cast-offs from cartel honchos
The Black Jaguar White Lion Foundation in Mexico City is the world’s largest rescue center for big cats with more than 260 predatory felines in its 140-acre grounds. Many of them are from closed circuses and zoos – some came from cartel leaders who didn't realize how much trouble it would be to keep the animals. (All photos: Alasdair Baverstock/Fox News Latino)
Black Panther White Lion Foundation founder Eduardo Serio with some of his 260 charges.
A Bengal tiger at the Foundation.
Serio with a male African lion.
Serio seems entirely unafraid of the large predators.
A white lioness named Africa nibbles on Serio's fingers. "She’s a bit of a gangster," he said.
The black panther Cielo, who was the first big cat Serio took in and inspired the establishment of the foundation.
Africa in a moment of repose.
Serio without any of his furry friends.
A group of lions at the foundation.
Serio in the lion's den. He refers to himself as the "Papa Bear" of the foundations' cats.
Serio with a Bengal tiger.
A lion at the foundation. When a Mexican narcotrafficker buys a lion or tiger cub to show off to his friends, it takes an average of two months to regret the decision to live alongside another top predator.