Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

BIG CAT DIARY AUGUST 2016

Julie Ward Centre blog
August 2016
Written by Glen Vena, Animal Care Manager

OUR RESCUED LIONS AND LEOPARDS
JABULANI AND QUEEN – EX-BREEDING FARM LIONS.  
ARRIVED SHAMWARI APRIL 2015

Jabulani and Queen look stunning as always, and guests who have never has seen a white lion before are always amazed to meet them. They are usually just sleeping or rolling round on their backs but they look very much in charge of their enclosure.

Jabulani and Queen

They continue to do a lot of scent-marking by our visitors’ viewing deck, which brings a lot of comments!  We collect the faeces on a weekly basis.  Martin was kind enough to take a picture with his mobile phone while I was at it.  Man, you have to love your job! On some days the Shamwari Conservation Experience volunteers will help us with this task.  

Removing some droppings in Jabulani and Queen’s enclosure

Jerry, Maggie and Sonja.  Jerry was rescued from a Romanian zoo and arrived at Shamwari in August 2007; Maggie and Sonja were rescued from a German circus and arrived at Shamwari in January 2015.

All is good with these three, they are well and love each other’s company.

  

Maggie, left; Jerry centre, and Sonja lying down

LEOPARD TRIPLETS, ALAM, SAMI AND NIMIRA.  FOUND AS MOTHERLESS CUBS IN SUDAN.  THEY ARRIVED SHAMWARI JULY 2001

Nimira

Hard to imagine the triplets have been with us 15 years now!  Time has flown.  All is well with them.  In this photo Nimira is playing with a broken aloe.  It looks like she was having great fun. Her claws were all over the aloe and she was wrestling it. She was making these growling sounds that kept her brothers away. She looked so focused and in control of her aloe stump. 

ACHEE AND SINBAD.  Achee was rehomed from a private owner in Romania in September 2004; Sinbad was rescued from a Romanian zoo in August 2007

Achee and Sinbad

I managed to get this picture of them sleeping both together not far from the viewing deck. They looked very relaxed with each other.  Achee really loves Sinbad, I have seen her on many occasions sniffing him on his head and licking him on his nose, but he never gives her any affectionate responses.

BRUTUS AND MARINA. BRUTUS WAS RSCUED FROM A FRENCH CIRCUS, AND MARINA WAS RESCUED AS A CUB FROM ROMANIA.  THEY BOTH ARRIVED AT SHAMWARI IN APRIL 2008

Brutus and Marina are well too.  In this picture they had just finished their meals and were sleeping it off.  They had had a big meal of offal.  Brutus really enjoyed this, and he had to take a siesta afterwards.  All is good with them 

Brutus and Marina

OTHER NEWS

August has been busy and especially towards the end of the month when we had some special guests. 

As Sidney, our Education Officer said in his education blog for August, we had an event by Land Rover called Rugby Goes Rural. I will use Sidney’s words:

The idea was to have well-known rugby players Siya Kolisi, Scarra Ntubeni and Skhumbuzo Notshe visit their grass root schools where they became the sportsmen they are today. Skhumbuzo is from Keiskammahoek in the former Ciskei homeland where I did my high school education. They were joined by other Land Rover ambassadors, Craig Joubert (international rugby referee) and well known TV presenter Matthew Pearce. The ambassadors did a school appearance a day before they came to us, where they interacted with school learners and talked about the importance of education and sport. The school they went to is the school where Siya started his education in one of Port Elizabeth’s townships.”

Scarra Ntubeni, Matthew Pearce, Skhumbuzo Notshe, Craig Joubert and Siya Kolisi
Matthew Pearce, sports commentator

I had to give a brief introduction on the background of the Born Free Foundation at Shamwari, after we had shown the Land Rover Ambassadors round our Centre.   Matthew Pearce, well-known TV/sports commentator and on some occasions an auctioneer, then said a few kind word to our team on how he was impressed with our work and how he enjoyed the tour of the Centre.  He also said that to have heard the sad stories of the cats and to learn about the appalling conditions they came from, was thought-provoking.   

Me with Siya Kolisi, one of my rugby heroes

This photo is me with another of the Land Rover’s ‘Brand Ambassadors - one of my rugby heroes, Siya Kolisi , who came with his family. He has his heart in the right place when it comes to animal welfare.  You can follow Land Rover’s Hope Crosses Any Terrain on #HCAT. These are guys who grew up in the Eastern Cape, played rugby around the Port Elizabeth area and made it big. It is so nice to see them, not forgetting where they have come from and going back to their roots to inspire the young of today.  Their attitude really touched me.  Some young people need so much guidance; they are lost in the world of cellular phones and not enjoying sports and the beautiful outdoors that we have in the Eastern Cape. It is so important to ignite that fire within them and to encourage them to be passionate about themselves and what they wish to be one day and make a success of everything. I try to go beyond in everything that I do, and do my bit to keep wildlife in the wild, protecting them in their natural habitats, for the animals themselves and for future generations to come, 

Until next time…….

Glen

  

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