Hello to all.

We’ve had a great November.  We had some very interesting visitors; they are long-time friends too.




Nelson was confiscated from a French zoo and arrived at Shamwari in May 2017.

He is good. Looks good too.  He is very vocal in the mornings. He has a very powerful roar, it will sometimes wake up guests staying in lodges not far from the Julie Ward Centre - how cool is that, hey?!  He will also start off our other lions roaring.



Achee was rehomed from a private owner in Romania in September 2004; Sinbad was rescued from a Romanian zoo in August 2007.

Well, usually…. It seems things didn’t go well recently and Sinbad has ended up with a black eye.  We are not sure what happened, however I think they disagreed on something and Achee won and Sinbad had the black eye to show for it.   Well Achee can be bossy sometimes and poor Sinbad is just the sweetest dude ever, he just wants to ‘hold hands’ and groom her.   It could have happened that Achee was looking at Nelson next door and Sinbad came to disturb her, and the rest is history.

We see them often with our guests and that is a bonus to us.  It is always a pleasure to see them. They take their food very well and nothing goes to waste. 



Jerry was rescued from a Romanian zoo and arrived at Shamwari in August 2007; Maggie and Sonja were rescued from a German circus and arrived at Shamwari in January 2015.

Jerry, Maggie and Sonja are very well. The girls are super cool with each other. They have started to be naughty a little bit. We have noted during feeding they would take their time to come take their food, I mean they will really take their time. Sometimes it can take them up to 15 minutes to come up the hill from the depths of their enclosure – and yet when they get to the gates they would run as fast as they can as if they are racing each other.  



Sami and Alam, found as motherless cubs in Sudan.  They arrived at Shamwari in July 2001.

Unfortunately for our guests, they rarely get to see Sami and Alam.  Our guests would love to see them but we do not entice our rescued cats to come to the viewing deck for this purpose.  If they want to be seen, that is totally up to them. Ideally our voices should be like music to them and when we talk, and they hear us they should pop their heads out to see what Glen or Martin is bringing but they never do so, they just disappear into the thickets and that is how it should be and should remain.  They are not on display.



Brutus and Marina.  Brutus was rescued from a French circus and arrived at Shamwari in April 2008; Marina was found as a sickly, motherless cub in Romania and also came to Shamwari in April 2008.

What can I tell you about these to beautiful cats?  They are so sweet, I personally think that one cannot do without the other,

We darted Brutus this month and Johan our vet took more X-rays of his left leg/paw to see if we can get a better understanding of Brutus’s on-going limp, and how we can help him.  We will consult with other Vets and see the way forward.

Poor Marina being without Brutus.  She only had to spend a few hours without him, but she was roaring, and when he was returned to his night house, she kept watching for when we were going to open the hospital camp.  She could not wait to get to him! That’s love!


To end the year together before some go on leave next month, we had a team lunch at Catherine’s house. 

Until next month - all the best,



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