Monthly Archives: September 2014

Canned Hunting -X- Project – A personal Introduction by Madame X

Finally here she is... photo courtesy of dreamstime.com.

Finally here she is… photo courtesy of dreamstime.com.

Hi Madame X here. Babette asked to write and explain to you all, the meaning of our association & project. This photo, a lady incognito, representing my position in this project. A little background info. A singer for life, some say I’m famous, all inferior to what’s happening to the lions, but now I’m retired I have time for other passions in life. Photography of African and Asian wildlife one of them, how the mutual liking of myself and Babette got renewed. I got to know her back in the 80s as genuine and sweet girl, true to what and who she believed in, treating me as celeb always with utmost respect.

B. wrote me asking to be the human ambassador for her amazing project & foundation Wild Cats World. We had long talks, time passed, meanwhile I observed from a distance how her foundation functioned and had myself informed about many other orgs, conservationists, projects and sanctuaries, visited countries, had long talks. I managed to purchase meaningful land in European countries, in the South and some up North where I originally belong. Land not for myself but to help to make this dream and huge project come true. Years back Babette and myself got in touch again, I explained not becoming ambassador for WCW, but expressed my deep wish to be part of something big to give a better life to animals and esp lions, cheetahs. WCW was my first choice, this organisation, well no words to waste, is there for cats for animals and for them only. The respect and discretion to me and my choice to stay ‘in cognito” & Babette’s understanding this is why I won’t be able to be ambassador for her foundation, was the start to talk further. We talk about years of preparation, now Babette has my permission to give up-dates as this is an essential project, a personal fight against the Canned Hunting business.

I am in favour of not just yet fighting the aggressive way but by other means. Fame and means help but in the whole picture there’s only one thing that matters and that is the lions and to get them out of this “situation” and to be able to offer them the moon, the stars and safety. I can and with Wild Cats World by my side we will be able to achieve the unthinkable. Please don’t ask too many questions,don’t judge but support us, support the lions and please if you love the wild cats support Babette & Wild Cats World.”

Yours faithfully, Madame X, Canned Hunting -X- Project.

Also see the -X- Project main page.

In loving memory… NINA ( † 14-09-2012)

Nina caracalOf course you died far too young
But the memory to you is still so strong
You clearly came to us for a reason
We will remember you, throughout every season…
Showing us who were so wrong, and who were right
United we (WCW) will stand in the continuous fight
No one has the right to molest an innocent creature
A sweet lovely caracalgirl who had a bright future
Many of us did shed a tear
But some are still in denial and don’t want to hear
We know we are right and forever have to miss you
Somehow we believe in the end justice will prevail too.
No more free PR for the horrible place that took your life
Hurting us deeply like a deep cut from a knife
To destroy this so-called sanctuary they don’t need a helping hand
As clearly animal care and conservation is what they still don’t understand
We scattered your ashes at our project in South Africa
Your spirit will guard over the caracals Leo & Lea

Tour de France

Wild Cats World did a small “Tour de France” on kind invitation by Parc des Félins and Zoo de Maubeuge, to talk about (wild) cats conservation. The park is of course the dream of every wild catlover, as for space and species, while Maubeuge showed us how it is possible to provide an enriched life to the animals with little means and space.
Of course we kindly accepted to see the Sri Lanka leopardcubs with their (very protective!) mom, a special birth for the species and for a small park like this.

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As for the sandcats (felis marguerita) we discussed the possibility to start with this gorgeous species at our WCW SA project. It would be great to have this species next to the Black footed Cats, the two smallest African wild catspecies. More about this later at a later stage. For now enjoy this photo and many more that will follow!

Update

Sri Lanka leopard cubs, endangered subspecies of the leopard (panther).

We were kindly invited to get a first glimpse of the 6 weeks old cubs at Zoo Maubeuge, the first successful litter of Sri Lanka leopard cubs of 2014 in the world-wide breeding program. The leopardmom was very protective and was hiding the cubs in the straw so it was very difficult to get a glimpse and eventually a good picture. Aren’t they cute?
Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya)
The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. Classified as Endangered by IUCN, the population is believed to be declining due to numerous threats including poaching for trade and human-leopard conflicts. No subpopulation is larger than 250 individuals.

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