KEENESBURG, Colo. (AP) – Three lions from Panama now have a new home at a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Colorado.

The lions arrived in Denver Tuesday night by cargo plane. They were held in concrete cages in Panama before the rescue.

The lions will reside at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, one of the largest free-roaming carnivore sanctuaries in the Western Hemisphere. It’s home to about 300 animals.

The sanctuary says it costs $8,000 a year to care for just one lion. It raises funds from visitor entrance fees, private donations and gift shop sales.

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