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Julie Ward Centre Diary Jan 17

Written by Glen Vena, Animal Care Manager

January 2017

Hello all

It’s been a very busy January. All the cats are well and looking great.

We had a few setbacks this month with our Defender not being well and we were without her twice when she had to go to the Land Rover dealer in Port Elizabeth but they always goes the extra mile to get her going, so she is up and running again and on the road.

We also did a few road trips this month, collecting meat for our cats; we do really appreciate the support we get from our farmers, so big up to all.

On 10th January all returned from their annual leave and the Julie Ward Centre was alive again, and the silence was broken!  Sidney, Martin, Catherine and Thembela came back and it was so good to see them all! Well some of my colleagues are saying already that I’m talking way too much, oeps I guess they did not miss me as much as I missed them.

Lastly it was George Adamson’s birthday this month,  a person that I would loved to have met.  He once said: “Who will now care for the animals, for they cannot look after themselves? Are there young men and women who are willing to take on this charge? Who will raise their voices, when mine is carried away on the wind, to plead their case?”   Today these words say so much to me, makes me shake inside and are as loud as a lion’s roar. I know deep inside I’m one of those men, however the question that I always ask myself is: is what I do enough?

Our Rescued Lions and Leopards

Achee and Sinbad.  Achee was rehomed from a private home in Romania and arrived at Shamwari in September 2004; Sinbad was rescued from a Romanian zoo and arrived at Shamwari in August 2007

This month we were surprised to see that Achee seemed to be coming into season.  She was all over Sinbad, sniffing him and grooming him, and he was permitting it.   Sinbad became all territorial male, starting to roar, and scent marking by spraying urine and rubbing his head and cheek bone repeatedly on trees.   It was wonderful to see.  We knew the time had come to renew Achee’s contraceptive implant.  Since then they still seem a bit closer to each other, even though the implant has stopped Achee’s season.

Sinbad by the tree he was busy scent-marking, and Achee asleep under a tree in the background.
Sinbad by the tree he was busy scent-marking, and Achee asleep under a tree in the background.

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

I think Jerry has been smelling Achee as he seems restless and he would pace his fence line trying to get a good look at her.  This could be another reason that Sinbad is scent-marking so much, he must keep up with the big boys!

Jerry, resting in front of the deck, with Maggie or Sonja on the deck in the background.  The other sister was under the deck.
Jerry, resting in front of the deck, with Maggie or Sonja on the deck in the background. The other sister was under the deck.

The leopard triplets, Sami Alam and Nimira, found as motherless cubs in Sudan and arrived at Shamwari in July 2001

We had to do some cleaning in their main enclosure, so that meant they had to stay longer in their hospital camps, not that this bothered them much, but we know how inquisitive cats are, always exploring,  chasing everything that moves, and with us in the main camp working they looked so curious and could not help themselves.  We could see their cute little faces watching us.  Nimira was meowing while she was standing at the fence, ahhh she is the sweetest cat ever I think. 

Here is a close up of them just before we got them into the hosp camps, this is not far from the deck where our guests get a glimpse of them when they come down for water; when done drinking they would disappear into the bushes, just like that. You don’t even hear them moving away.
Here is a close up of them just before we got them into the hosp camps, this is not far from the deck where our guests get a glimpse of them when they come down for water; when done drinking they would disappear into the bushes, just like that. You don’t even hear them moving away.

Brutus and Marina.  Brutus was rescued from a French circus, and Marina rescued from Romania as a cub.  Both arrived at Shamwari in April 2008.

Both lovely as always. Brutus does not let the limp in his right front leg slow him down, he is always on the move and Marina very gentle with him.  Johan our vet did ask us to reduce Brutus’s food a little bit just to take those extra kilograms he does not need and to ease any discomfort that maybe he is experiencing. Soon we will be starting him on some new meds, we are just waiting for them to arrive.

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