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8 March 2019

Kings of the Jungle catch a Red Funnel ferry to their new Island home

Red Funnel has helped to transport two former circus lions to their new forever home in the Isle of Wight Zoo

Five-year-old brothers Vigo and Kumbawere previously being held at a rescue centre in Alicante, but have today reached their final place of sanctuary on the Island, following a 1,300-mile journey by road, Eurotunnel and Red Funnel ferry.

Before their rescue, the lions spent their lives in small compartments on a lorry, let out only when forced to perform as part of a circus act.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said: “We are delighted to have been part of this heart-warming story, and to help Vigo and Kumba reach their new home at Isle of Wight Zoo.”


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Red Funnel was formed in 1861 and is a modern and highly successful transport company based in the UK City of Southampton. Group activities include cross-Solent ferries, UK holidays, distribution and freight services.