Abdul Mohsen al-Subaie is a Saudi man who loves wild animals. He turned his farm into a shelter for African lions and tigers. His farm became a touristic place in the east of Saudi Arabia.
Al Arabiya visited his farm under the fierce gazes of the lions. Subaie said that these wild animals can identify him through the smell, appearance and voice. Subaie, or the “lover of lions” as he likes to be nicknamed, is an anesthetist who used his knowledge and expertise in perioperative medicine to help these animals, who were abused since having a wild animal, became a trend in the region.
Subaie told Al Arabiya about his 16-year-old interest in helping these wild animals. He said that people get lions and tigers when they are young and once they are 5 months old, they start to act violently, due to their predatory nature, so they abandon them.
“This is why I decided to turn my farm into a shelter and accept all these abandoned animals,” he said.
Subaie said that raising lions is costly. He added that he has once bought a lion from his former owner who wanted to get rid of it and discovered that the lion was from a very rare species and was worth more than a million Riyals.
The “lover of lions” highlighted the importance of raising people’s awareness about wild animals. He is hoping to establish a huge reserve for wild animals in Saudi Arabia and the Tourism Authority are cooperating with him.
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