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LION RESCUE & REHABILITATION

Currently there 1000's of lions living in canned-hunting facilities throughout South Africa, which are predominantly stocked by the 'cub-petting' trade. Majority of these facilities are over-stocked, with lions living in cramped and horrendous conditions... some with as many as 25 lions in a 50mx50m enclosure!

We're currently erecting semi-wild camps of up to 50 Acres each, which is enormous compared to what the lions have had to live in. The lions will be undergo their rehabilitation in our safe sanctuary setting, starting out in smaller camps, to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.

As these lions have been captive bred (most of which are still very young), they are completely tame and familiar with human interaction. In the petting trade, cubs are generally taken away from their mothers at around 3 weeks old and will never see her again. Humans (usually paying guests) are used as ‘surrogate mothers’ to the cubs. This is not natural and due to this interaction from such a young age, these lions will probably never be able to be released back into the wild again.

The aim of this project is to rehabilitate these lions back into a safe, semi-wild environment, using the huge camps as semi-free-roaming areas for rescued lions to live out their years in a more suitable and natural environment. They will be provided with the best possible lives in areas over 1000 times bigger than their previous ‘cages’!

They will be housed in smaller enclosures and reintroduced to the larger camps on a daily basi. This is referred to as bush-schooling. After the rehabilitation period, the lions will be transferred to the large camps permanently in structured prides of 7 lions per camp.

You’ll be given training in how to practically assist and will work closely with the field-staff to really make a difference.

WORKING WITH THE WOLVES:
The project also deals with wolves that have been rescued from the pet trade. These wolves are usually completely domesticated because of living in their unnatural environment. There is currently one male and one female in the sanctuary

This section of the sanctuary is in an 'experimental' stage where we will try to train these domesticated wolves to help in the efforts against poaching of the game animals. If this initial training process is successful, more wolves will be rescued and added to the ‘team’.

It's also possible that if many wolves are rescued, they may be returned to Canada, which is their natural homeland.

For more information on this project, and how to get involved, please visit HERE

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