Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild


Compiled by: Martin Miritiawo

July was not as cold as June and we received a lot of rain towards the month end, everything looks green and beautiful. Even the rivers are flowing.  The rain also means more vegetation for the cats to hide themselves in, if they don’t want to be disturbed.Jean Byrd, our sponsor, sent her group to visit us on the 12th of July. It was really wonderful to have such lovely people here, who love animals.

Shada - Rescued from a French circus in 2006

Shada staring towards Excelsior Valley where she can hear the wild lions roaring

Shada is doing extremely well and she seems to be calm and relaxed, enjoying her privacy.  We see minimum movements from her during the course of the day, she is more active in the cool of the early morning and evening when she moves around her enclosure labelling her territory by urine spray. No signs of being in oestrus, even though her contraceptive implant can no longer be working.  Headman and I recently cleaned her hospital camp but she did not show an interest in us, she remained sitting by the bottom corner, staring at the other side of the reserve. Just recently she was more vocal when the wild northern pride was roaring close to Excelsior valley. She was curious, pacing and looking towards the valley.

When it comes to her food she loves it and she is taking it very well.

Brutus and Marina

Brutus and Marina in front of the viewing deck, licking their lips.

Brutus rescued from a French circus in 2007 and Marina rescued from Romania in 2008

This picture is of Brutus and Marina sitting in front of the viewing deck, enjoying themselves under the African winter sun, both licking themselves on their noses. As usual Marina could not remain watching from a distance, she had to come closer to where I was standing and then she sat down. Brutus did not move he seems relaxed and enjoying the sun, he was just staring at Marina and me.

They both like to hang around at the bottom fence in an open space.


Kuma - Rescued from Abidjan Zoo, Ivory Coast, in 1999

Kuma on the move marking his territory

After stretching and scratching his claws on the log Kuma began to mark his territory, spraying urine and rubbing himself against the branches. He moved from the top of his enclosure and came down, rasping and with his tail up in the air. He came close to the fence towards me and snarled once, maybe to show me that he is aware that I am around. He passed and went towards the Limassol leopards’ camp and started rasping again and from there he moved up slowly up and disappeared into the bushes at the top of his enclosure. He is lovely, we like him so much.

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

Leda staring at Kuma

Rhea is doing fine; the trouble is she enjoys her privacy a lot nowadays and is becoming camera shy, she prefers to look at us through the bushes than to come out in the open. But during feeding she comes out for her food.
Leda is doing fine; sometimes we get worried about her because of her age – she is 21 years old - but she’s as strong as ever. The old mum also enjoys her privacy and she can hide herself if she wants to but fortunately we get to see her most of the time.

Rhea in her main enclosure

Jools and her son Jerry - Rescued from Buhusi Zoo in Romania in 2007

The other day the northern wild pride were roaring close to our perimeter fence.  After roaring back a couple of times, the photo shows Jools and Jerry on their way down from the hospital camp, walking towards the bottom fence to find out more about their wild neighbours.  They paced for a short time along the fence and then gave up the search. Jerry started to mark with his hind legs while Jools retired to the shade to groom herself.

Julie Ward Centre Diary - July 2011 >

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

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