Sirius, the leopard rehomed from Monaco Zoo in January 2008
Sirius likes his privacy but just lately we see him more often. Sometimes he will even show himself when we are with guests on the viewing deck. When feeding we stop at his camp with the vehicle and he hides behind a bush then when we throw his meat in, he comes out and grabs his food and disappears. He eats well and he looks good.
Sinbad, the ‘mini’ lion rescued from a Romanian zoo in August 2007
Sinbad is seen most of the time because he likes to be by the water trough which is in front of the viewing deck. It is lovely seeing him stretching himself or lying on his back which he does often. When fed he always take his meat with a growl and goes to his favourite spot. We leave him alone to eat because he tells us from his growls and snarls that he does not want us there. He eats well and he looks good.
The leopard triplets, Sami, Alam and Nimira, found motherless in the Sudan and transferred to Shamwari in July 2001
Hand-reared, they enjoy human company and can often be seen in front of the viewing deck when we have visitors. They love being on their own look-out platform too, their ‘jungle gym’. They are very affectionate with each other. It is only usually during feeding where they will be chasing each other around, with Sami being the bully and the brother sister being submissive. Nimira sometimes does not stand Sami’s nonsense and he is aware of that. These eat well and they look good.
Aslan and Stella, both rescued from Greek zoos. Aslan arrived at Shamwari in September 1999; Stella arrived at Shamwari in October 2000.
They are both very elderly, at around 22 years old. They are both rather deaf too and if they are in the middle of their enclosure when we arrive with the meat on feed days, we struggle to make them hear us. We feed them in the hospital enclosure to monitor their eating. So, first of all we have to get them to hear us, then we have to encourage them to follow us up the slope to the hospital camp, which they will do if they suspect there is food to be had, and then when they see the Land Rover they will come into the hospital camp to be fed. We just need patience when we are doing this. They eat well, and other than being old, they are looking good.