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Five Freedoms

“Five Freedoms” is a core concept in animal welfare, that we consider as most important at our (captive) project in S.A. It is a standard for the right to freedom for animals, born and kept in captivity, whether domestic or wild.

According to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the 5 freedoms are as follows:
– Freedom from hunger and thirst – by providing access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour;
– Freedom from Discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area;
– Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment;
– Freedom to express normal (natural!) behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind(!);
– Freedom from Fear and Distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Having companions (of the same kind!!) is just as important to a (big) cat as large amount of land are, so having additional cats in enclosures or large habitat is important, even if claimed a species is solitary (in the wild). To have no conflicts in natural behaviour the company must be of the same kind (species).

Having companion instead of a a lonely-lock-up is a number one issue for nearly all zoos and sanctuaries, as they usually do not understand what it takes to get multiple cats live together in harmony and to have successful introductions, not (just) for breeding purposes.

Before you support any kind of captive facility, make sure they are honoring the above mentioned, and that they give the “Five Freedoms” to the animals, as true Freedom is more of a fairy tale than reality these days!!!!

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Rehabilitation Program Orphan Wild Leopardcubs

We were told about many orphan wild leopardcubs that end up at reserves or other private projects, who handraise them and want to offer them a permanent home as acc. to them they cannot be released again. Sadly they often also offer interaction with these cubs!
To those we want to offer to bring the cubs (youngsters up til a year) to us as our leopardfemales and also males for sure will adopt them and teach them how tobehave like a leopard again. No more interaction with humans, but humans close enough for them not to get shy, so after some time (approx a year) they are suitable to go to (for sure) a Private Game Reserve. Not tame but also not shy cubs are perfect to live wild but protected and to be sighted on educational game drives, they make the best ambassadors. Even our captive born, but motherraised leopardyoungsters are suitable for this and soon move out.

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