Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Jean Byrd Centre Diary

March 2017

Written by Headman Matyumza and Kelvin Buys

It’s been all as usual this month, we have had Shamwari guests and volunteers and one of our regular visitors: the wild elephant who is becoming a great Born Free supporter!  We keep our garden clean and tidy as well as the Centre - the elephant does a good job at messing it up again!  

Here is the latest on our rescued lions and leopards:

Shada, rescued from a French circus in November 2006

Shada

Our girl is doing great.  She is a big female and in very good condition. Shada loves to drink water before she eats and, fortunately for our guests, her favourite place right now is to be in front of her camp. Our guests see her almost every day. One day we came in by the gate and she started to roar as if she is greeting us, I thought at that time.


Black and Jora, rescued from a closed-down Bulgiarian circus in September 2015

Black
Black


The Big boys are doing great. We still separate them when we feed and the reunion never gets old, it’s amazing to see how the two boys love each other. They would play with each other as if they were apart for a long time. The guys love to be in front of the viewing deck but later they go sleep under the trees at the top of the camp. They have a great bond.

Jora
Jora

Leda and her daughter Rhea, rescued from Limassol Zoo in Cyprus in June 2009

Elderly Leda still looks very good, we see her a lot in her shelter in the main camp and in the corner of the main camp. She takes her meat very well and our guests remark about her being in such a good condition. When it’s hot she loves her main camp more since there is more shade and when its cooler she usually goes to the hospital camp to relax on or sometimes in her shelter. 

Leda
Leda

Rhea is doing fantastically well, she is usually in her main camp. She sometimes sneaks up on us when we do our fence checks and we see that she has been following us the entire time! She takes her meat very well and loves to eat it inside her kennel and in her shelter in the main camp.

Rhea
Rhea

Jabulani and Queen, ex lion-farm lions.  Arrived Shamwari April 2015                    

Queen is doing well but Jabulani does not seem so good.  He is taking longer to eat his meat and doesn’t walk around that much.  Queen loves to be close to Jabu as if she is sensing that something is not right with him.   Our vet is monitoring him.

Queen
Queen
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906


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