Who was KIVU?
Because of This Story our Restarant is called ”KIVU“
Kivu was a lion born in Cuba in 1998 and later transferred to Simón Bolívar, the National Zoo of Costa Rica, when he was just 6 months old. He became a public spectacle, living in a 720 sq. ft. cage made only of cement and steel, offering no chance to escape the stares and taunts of visitors. Over time, due to his poor diet and living conditions, Kivu became emaciated and developed chronic kidney failure.
As the country witnessed Kivu‘s declining health, public consciousness began to stir. A significant controversy arose, and in 2016, due to public pressure, the government of Costa Rica rescued Kivu and moved him to Rescate Animal Zooave. In this rescue center, Kivu enjoyed life in a 3,500 sq. ft. off-exhibit natural habitat, complete with abundant trees, logs, grass, and other natural features. He spent his final days basking in the sunshine, tearing apart logs, and chasing birds and other small creatures that dared to enter his new territory.
Sadly, despite efforts by experts from around the world to improve his health, Kivu passed away peacefully on February 17th, 2017. He is deeply missed by the entire country and the staff of Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center – Zoave.
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