BIG CAT DIARY - APRIL, MAY & JUNE 2019

Glen Vena, Animal Care Manager at our Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa gives his latest update.

 

SINBAD

Sinbad has adjusted well, since losing his close companion recently. He was looking for Achee for the first few days, but now seems settled and content. Sinbad was quite protective of Achee and used to challenge his neighbours, Nelson and Jerry, alerting them to his presence as they often showed an interest in Achee.

Achee is resting in our garden of remembrance at the Julie Ward Centre. We take comfort in knowing that she and the other big cats we have cared for over the years all had the best possible life at Shamwari – a world away from the unacceptable conditions they came from.

 

QUEEN AND BRUTUS

Queen and Brutus were only introduced earlier this year and have been enjoying each other’s company ever since. They are both relaxed, have formed a close bond and will often watch the African sunrises and sunsets together. We are so happy they are thriving. 

 

JERRY, MAGGIE AND SONJA

Jerry is doing very well. He is always alert and rarely lets his guard down. Deep down we know he is the sweetest lion, even if his roar does sound like a powerful V8 engine!

Maggie and Sonja are both well, you can see in this photo that they look as stunning as always. During the morning fence checks we see them getting ready for the day by having a good old stretch.

 

CIAM

Ciam is doing great and growing fast. His beautiful mane has grown thick and has started to get darker on his chest and between his front legs.

We see him most days, usually on his platform, where he likes to keep an eye on what’s going on around him. Sometimes he likes to lie next to his water trough, under one of the thorny Acacia trees which provides some nice shade. 

 

RHEA

Rhea is doing very well. She has fully recovered from the operation she had some weeks ago. Rhea generally likes to hide in the bushes but also enjoys resting on top of her shelter, watching her neighbour King, the youngest lion at the sanctuary.

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