ADOPTION DIARY AUGUST 2022
The latest news on some of the adopted animals YOU help us look after.
Caught on camera
Our wild lion family adopters don’t just keep one pride of lions safe… Your adoption funded 40 new vital camera traps in Kenya, triggered by movement to snap photos.
Thanks to these cameras, our lion conservation team was able to identify and monitor a population of 65 lions in total, including an incredible TEN new cubs!
Thomas is thriving!
Did you know your adopted Kyriakos is the BIGGEST bear at Arcturos sanctuary in Greece?! But his adoption also helps care for the SMALLEST.
Rescued when found alone in May, Thomas has a great appetite and growing fast as you can see. Aided by adopters, the sanctuary plans to return the cub to the wild next year.
20 years of JOY
2022 is a big year of celebration as we mark 20 years since Springer was found swimming alone near Seattle, USA when her mother died.
Adopters helped return her to her wild family in Canada and now your remarkable orca is a mother herself to nine-year-old Spirit and five-year-old Storm. Happy anniversary Springer!
Twiga Team is go!
Thanks to adopters, our brand new Twiga* Team is all trained up by Kenya Wildlife Service and now in action IDing individual giraffes by their markings. The team also keeps them safe by removing deadly snares – with their long legs, giraffes can be extra vulnerable to deadly wire traps set to catch ‘bushmeat’ in the undergrowth. *Swahili for giraffe
Your elusive animals revealed!
Blink and you’ll miss it – but this remarkable footage clearly reveals your adopted jaguars have returned to the Yunga Forest of Argentina, after forest fires in 2020. There are around 150 jaguars in this area, but these secretive big cats can be incredibly hard to spot, so the camera traps funded by adopters provide vital intel.
Our shy Mowgli
This Adoption Diary is all about the wonder of camera traps! Thanks to adopters, we can keep a good eye on our rescued youngster Mowgli, even though he’s rather timid. Often more confident at night, Mowgli is a rare melanistic leopard as you can see, blending in brilliantly in the darkness at our sanctuary in South Africa.
Terefe becomes a dad!
Every single rare Ethiopian wolf counts and, in 2020, adopters helped rescued a young wolf when he was shot in the leg. With expert care, Terefe – which means ‘lucky survivor’ in Amharic – recovered and was returned to the wild. In 2021, he was spotted with a female and NOW they have two pups – way to go Terefe!
Images © M Bal, Fasika N, JITF, J Towers