More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in South America have arrived in Johannesburg to begin a new life at an African wildlife reserve.
Twenty-four of the big cats were seized from circuses in Peru as part of an operation by officials cracking down on illegal wildlife trafficking, while nine others were voluntarily surrendered by circuses in Columbia.
After their flight, then began the last leg of their journey - to South Africa's Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, a 5,000-hectare private reserve in Limpopo province.
The animals would not survive if they were released into the wild, as most of them have been declawed or have had their teeth smashed or removed. One is almost completely blind, and another is missing an eye.
The flights were organised by charity Animal Defenders International.
Bears, monkeys and other animals were also freed in the operation, and have been rehomed in South America, while a tiger has been taken in to a reserve in Florida.
Both Peru and Columbia have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but some persist.
Authorities are trying to tackle the trade and rehome all remaining circus animals.