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Jean Byrd Centre Diary June 2011


This month was cold with rain at times, especially early in the mornings and evenings.  We have spent some time clearing vegetation along the fence line and electric strands as the vegetation obstructs the flow of electricity especially when it wet.


Shada, rescued from a French circus in 2006, is doing well.  Recently she was showing signs of being in oestrus by her behaviour, rolling on the ground on her back a lot. I expect we will be renewing her hormone implant before long, or she will be getting Brutus agitated next door, and we may end up with the wild prides hanging round our gate!  She was certainly showing more interest in Brutus, we would see her hanging around the water trough looking at Brutus and Marina which is unusual.  She has even shown more interest in us, running towards the fence some times, following us, or walking alongside us in a playful mood.  

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Shada sitting close to water trough

Brutus and Marina

Brutus was rescued from a French circus in 2008; Marina was rescued from Romania in 2008

Marina really likes attention from Brutus, she likes to play with him a lot even though sometimes he doesn’t want to play. It’s really interesting the way she pokes Brutus to get him to play. She leaps at him and gives him a gentle smack on the face. Even though he tries to resist her, sometimes her demands are difficult for him and he would be forced to get up and chase after her, the game she seems to enjoy the most. Marina and Brutus still enjoy their food very well on the last feed we gave them meat with offals inside and they enjoyed it very well, they licked everything before eating.

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Marina asking a reluctant Brutus to come and play

Kuma – rescued from Abidjan Zoo in 1999

Kuma is doing well, but some days he gets angry with us when we feed him I don’t know what will be on his mind. He will leave his food and come towards the fence snarling at us, but this only happens during feed time. Other times he is very friendly and relaxed.  These days its not difficult to see him as he spends more time at the bottom of his camp, out in the open.   He enjoys his food and he is looking well too. See the picture below

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Relaxed Kuma

Leda and Rhea

Rescued from Limassol Zoo in 2009

Mother and daughter are doing well and seem to enjoy their privacy and being separated from each other in their own enclosures.  Rhea likes to hide herself especially when she is full, she will only come out for a short time to check on us and then go back to hide herself in the bushes in the middle of her camp or at the top of her camp. When she is hungry she paces in the hospital camp and sometime stands on top of the kennel checking if anyone is bringing the food.

Leda, the mother, looks happy in her enclosure, she also uses both the main camp and her hospital camp. Recently we put her in the hospital camp so that we can clean her main enclosure.  She was relaxed and didn’t pace at all; actually she was so interested in what we were doing inside the enclosure that she was always staring at us. See their pictures below.

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Jools and Jerry – rescued from Buhusi Zoo in Romania in 2007

Recently I saw Jerry walking up and down the enclosure roaring, I did not know what he was up to and he came towards where I was and he passed me roaring while his mother, Jools, was sitting looking at him. After some time he went to sit down by Jools and they started grooming each other. They really like each other a lot.  We gave them some internal organs with their meat in one of the feeds and they liked it so much.  Both are doing well, eating their food without fighting each other.

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

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