Monthly Archives: November 2016

Tribute to Beauty, black-footed cat female

1-img_0206Happy journey little angel, you deserve your peace and quiet now. Your life was one with rough patches, and in every stage of your life with us we tried to do what’s best and your trusting (non-hissing and spitting) attitude the last years was a big reward that we did well.
A horrible farmer did put a gin trap which injured you badly and brought you to us. Luckily you did well with just 3 legs and lived many years in our care, with a small break visiting another project CCT alongside your friends Blacky and Diva. You loved them all, also little Footy who went years before you.
The last few months we took you to have the best care and chance on survival, sadly the past week you stopped eating and the very important decision was there to be made…..we had to do this in order to show our ultimate love for you…..to let you go and have the peace you so deserve.
R.i.p. our dear dear little Beauty. Who’s remembered will live on….forever in our hearts. Hopefully your spirit will protect Diva and newcomes Lilly and Spotty, to keep them for many healthy years with us so that we can fight for your species….the amazing black footed cats!

(Feral) cats neutering & vaccination programme.

A Cat’s Project such as ours, doesn’t limit itself to the care and dedication of Wild Cats, big and small, but all cats, wherever we can help out to improve a situation, can count on our care and support. The various Overseas caretakers and volunteers joining the WCW team luckily think the same, and we are grateful to Juda for not only keeping the idea but also working the idea out to have the new lot of 8 feral cat youngsters, who turned up and lived near our cheetah camps, neutered and vaccinated. One male and 7 females who all were carrying lots of kittens already, so intervention was very necessary. Of course we, unlike many, don’t believe in the easy way out: to have the cats killed, but we believe in finding a solution by keeping the animals alive and (more) healthy!
The good thing about this programme is that this group can stay in the same territory preventing other feral cats to keep coming in, spreading diseases and keep on breeding. So the knife cuts both sides.
Credits as said to Juda as frontlady of this project, but the programme was also another piece of nice teamwork as for assisting and supporting financially. Thanks to the vets at Uitenhage Animal Clinic, Eastern Cape/S.A. for delivering a great job.

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Stars & Sandy – African wildcat kittens

starsIn a second litter our African wildcat couple Louise, and male Max, gave birth to 2 female kittens. They are 6 weeks now and running wild; playing and climbing…a treat for the eye!

We decided to name the sisters Stars and Sandy!!! Hopefully all goes well with them. They had the ‘usual” rough start as for wildcats who are very vulnerable to signs of the flu like wet eyes, snotty noses. But luckily the skilled caretakerteam do give them the necessary treatment and they seem to be doing much better already. louiseandstars

The girls are very playful and do have a good appetite. All the best for them for a long and happy life!

Welcome Lilly & Spotty – Black-footed cats

arrivallillyandspottyOk, so finally we could welcome the very essential addition to our Black-footed Cat Conservation Project: male Spotty & female Lilly. Black-footed cats are the smallest cats of South Africa and the second smallest of the world, with a fierce personality that makes them look bigger 😉
We closed this species in our hearts ages ago, and after starting up our S.A. conservation project and sanctuary, we were determined to do what we can for this species. We gave shelter to three black-footed cats that ended up in gin-traps from horrible people (farmers), and we had to amputate their frontleg. This is how we started. Sadly the two males (Footy and Blacky) aren’t with us anymore for some time now, and female Beauty is currently not doing so well either; we fear for her life. We still have our proud female Diva, a female presented to us as said being born in captivity. Black-footed cats are very vulnerable to stress and illnesses, esp. the threatening kidney disease “amyloidosis”. Some say this species is destined to get extinct. Youngsters (in wild and captivity) almost all don’t reach adulthood. In Europe the captive species has gone extinct with the last one dying in Wuppertal Zoo some years ago. In the U.S. there’s still quite a few in captivity but all from one bloodline, which also doesn’t help the species. In South Africa, their native country, they are also rare in captivity, and most of them are from the wild where they are already endangered.
It took us a long time to find a new couple of unrelated black-footed cats, said to have been born in captivity, but one can never be sure about that. If we in future have (lots of) surviving kittens, we hope to at least release a few, but first it is important to have a good buffer in our project, and a strong and pure bloodline for that matter.
1-lillyLilly & Spotty are for sure very welcome and loved, and we, like our team, will do everything that’s in our power to do the best for these two, our little Diva and the species in the wild!

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Pallas Cat Conservation

As announced on March 16, 2017 , the WCW Pallas Cat Conservation Project is become a reality since we signed the contract with the Zoo de Lyon.

I hear already people saying, but there are pallas cat at Zoo de Lyon. Wrong, they have 2 pallas cat but not visible from the pubic( infortunately) due to the fact that they are looking for fund to build a brand new enclosure.

The WCW Pallas cat Conservation Project could be split in 2 sub-projects:

Help and support Zoo de Lyon to raise funds for work related to the Pallas cat . Conservation in-situ and ex-situ.
The other one which is the most important one is to raise funds for the PICA project – Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance.
First of all , we would like to thank Zoo De lyon to enable us to use the picures of their pallas cat as our ambassador for our project.
Let’s talk about the PICA Project :
This project was launched in March 2016 by Nordens Ark Zoo, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Snow Leopard Triust and Fondation Segré.

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