Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

JULIE WARD BIG CAT DIARY Nov 2012

Written by Glen Vena, Animal Care Manager

Things have been great for this month and the cats are looking good too.

We had a BFF supporter, Pete Wakefield, generously donate some tools to us to make the work go faster and to make our lives easier. He bought us a brand new chainsaw and weed-eater (strimmer). These will be used when clearing out the lion and leopard camps so the undergrowth does not take over, and for keeping our gardens in tip top shape.

Pete and I showing off our new boys’ toys! That’s me with the weed-eater. Thank you once again Pete!
Anther visitor - here is a young male bushbuck at the Julie Ward Centre door, nibbling on a spekboom, we have so many visitors even after hours

ACHEE, REHOMED FROM A PRIVATE OWNER IN ROMANIAN IN 2004; MA JUAH RESCUED FROM A LIBERIAN ZOO, ALSO IN 2004

Here is a picture of Achee on a warm day, taking shade in the undergrowth. She blends in very nicely with the bushes and it was very difficult to see her, but it was all worthwhile, just to see her in her own comfort zone and being herself; that is worth everything.  I have seen Achee spending more time hanging around where the fence line allows them to see into Sinbad’s enclosure.  Ma Juah will not be far away, but she has not been showing any jealousy towards Sinbad, as she often does.  Now and then you would see MJ swiping the flies away from her eyes and nose and giving a big yawn showing off her big canines, but no aggression shown to the young man next door.

ADOPT ACHEE & MA JUAH

This is Achee in the bushes.
Ma Juah - this picture was taken by Catherine Gillson, our Centre Manager

ALAM, SAMI AND NIMIRA, THE TRIPLETS FOUND MOTHERLESS IN THE SUDANESE DESERT IN 2001

Here is a picture of the two brothers, Sami and Alam.. They were relaxing under a tree, keeping cool, at the same time taking a much needed siesta after a meal and the lovely weather was favouring this sleep. Nimira was doing her rounds, I think she was after a Guinea fowl that for some reason landed on her jungle gym.  She really wanted to get it for dessert, but the Helmeted Guinea fowl took off and she was left sitting by the fence looking in the direction it flew off in. Next time girl.  

ADOPT THE LEOPARD TRIPLETS

Alam on the left and Sami on the right.
Nimira looking for the helmeted Guinea fowl she missed out on.

BRUTUS, RESCUED FROM A FRENCH CIRCUS IN 2008 AND MARINA, RESCUED FROM ROMANIA, ALSO IN 2008

Brutus and Marina are looking good, although for the past weeks we have not been seeing them much.  Well it could be the heat.   When we do our checks and feed them they look so in love and are always together. In the picture below, you will Brutus resting his head on one of his very big paws and I called him by his name from the platform where I was standing … He did not even open his eyes he just gave me a growl… probably saying I must leave him alone!


Brutus grooming himself, taken by Catherine

 

SINBAD, RESCUED FROM A ROMANIAN ZOO IN 2007

He was looking at Achee when this picture was taken; what a handsome lion he is. All in order with him; he looks more comfortable after we trimmed the undergrowth in his camp down a bit, however we have been having some rains now and the grass is growing again.

 

ADOPT SINBAD

Sinbad - Photo Vena / BFF

 

SIRIUS, REHOMED FROM MONACO ZOO IN 2008

He is still quite shy so it is still difficult to get photos of him, however I managed to get this one without the zoom.  During feeding, he loves it to hide in his favorite spot and he would jump towards me and try to get his food while it is still in the air.   

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Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
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