Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Jean Byrd Cats Blog July 2012

Compiled by Martin Miritiawo

Well, I just can’t thank my young brothers and sisters enough who visit the centers to learn more about conservation through education. Each day is uplifting. Each day I have a new objective. I am so grateful that I’ve been given the motivation and inspiration I need to improve myself and that it has allowed me to make my dreams come true!

D.F. Malherbe from Port Elizabeth

Shada, rescued from a French circus in November 2006Shada is fine and taking her food very well. These days it’s cold in the morning and she doesn’t want to go up the hill to her camp, she prefers it at the bottom of the hill where it is more sheltered. She only comes towards the hospital camp during feeding. She is also interested in what happens beyond the perimeter fence such as animals grazing along the fence-line, I will see her stalking and sometimes chasing from inside. She is a big powerful lioness but her prey seem to know she can’t get at them!


Kuma, rescued from an Ivory Coast zoo in March 1999
Kuma is doing very well and eating well, but is not that friendly towards us at the moment, always snarling protectively and not just over food. He spends most of his time relaxing at the top of his enclosure. If he doesn’t feel like staying at the top he has a favourite place to chill behind the shelter in his main camp. We are getting excited at the prospect of a visit from his previous owner, Alberto Lena, who rescued Kuma when Kuma was a cub. Kuma grew up to be a powerful and strong leopard and was forced by the authorities to place him in the terrible Abidjan Zoo. Alberto was heartbroken and eventually, with the help of a friend, was introduced to Shamwari and the Born Free Foundation. We can’t wait to see how Kuma is going to react when he sees his long lost friend after so many years; only time will tell. We got news that Alberto might visit in August.

Kuma relaxing

Leda and Rhea, rescued from Limassol Zoo in Greece in June 2009

Mother and daughter are doing well. Leda doesn’t show any aggression towards us or any pacing or other behavior that shows she is restless; the old mama is going strong enjoying life in her enclosures where she has privacy and some freedom, unlike in the zoo. When she is hungry she hangs around the hospital camp and the jungle gym looking around checking for the vehicle which brings her food. We love her so much!

Here is Leda sleeping on the roof of her little indoor house in her hospital camp, she was loving the sun too much to move, she just managed to open her eyes. Good girl!

Rhea; she doesn’t seem to miss her mother even though they spent many years together in the zoo. Typical adult leopard, she does not interact or show any interest in her mother, in fact she will tries by all means to avoid her.

Rhea is the opposite of the mum Leda, she loves to be private and as you can see in this picture she is doing a good job!

Jools and Jerry, rescued from Buhusi zoo in Romania in August 2007

Jools is doing well with Jerry, and mother and son spend time playing with and grooming one another. The two really like each other. They do naturally separate during feeding and afterwards they come together again. Jools’ skin is still looking good, nothing to worry about there. Jerry is always relaxed and seems to be a contented lion. No signs of Jools being in season at the moment.

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


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