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It is a male & a female….

It is a male & a female….

28/12/2017: Our black footed cat kittens, 13 weeks old, are now officially sexed. Like it already crossed our mind, it is one boy and one girl. So: if anyone has a great suggestion for appropriate names??? We are still thinking ourselves too….Names of the parents are Lilly & Spotty, we also had black-footed cats named Diva, Beauty, Blacky & Footy….so names a bit short and appropriate for the smallest cats(species) of South Africa.


Thanks to our volunteer Julia Nietsbert for this wonderful picture of our two treasures.

Black-footed cat female Lilly giving birth….

On Thursday October 28th our black-footed cat female Lilly gave birth to 2 kittens. It is her first litter (proud daddy is our male Spotty) and she was a caring and very protective mom from the start. Since black-footed cats and more so their kittens are very vulnerable to diseases, often causing a premature death, we didn’t want to share the happiness of the birth too soon.  They are 12 weeks old now and still doing well and for some time they already started eating mice, rats and pigeon by themselves, natural food for the black footed cats, like for any other small cat.

 

The kittens are very welcome as they are very essential for their species, as well as for our conservation program.  We haven’t officially sexed the kittens yet, but have reason to believe they are two males. We will let you know once sexed and named of course. Herewith already some nice pictures by caretaker Inge and from our volunteer Jule Nietsbert from Germany.

Lilly and her kittens are also starring in a Japanese documentary, which will be presented next year to educate children and their parents about South African native species. Also our serval Joy, caracals Nina/Leo and Thilido, as well as our leopard Bella will be starring in the same documentary.

A personal note to our respected supporters, followers and friends

With the end of another year coming close, I like to look back on the year 2017 and look ahead to a brandnew year 2018. Looking back on 2017, we look back with mixed feelings. On the whole we had a good and stable year. Highlights were the births at our leopards, servals and black-footed cats. The females Feline, Felicia, Joy and Lilly being excellent mommies, and also the daddies Felix, Felipe, Norrick and Spotty proved to be proud and caring daddies. Like in every year we sadly also had to say goodbye to a few beloved cats. This year we had to loose African wildcat male Max, serval daddy Norrick, who lived 8 months longer after proper treating his kidney failure, but sadly a second blow was too much and we had to let him go. A huge loss was also to loose black-footed cat female Diva; cause of death: ehrlychia, which mostly occurs with dogs caused by the brown tick. R.i.p. to all three who touched our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Major setback for us and the leopard Conservation project in S.A. was to get confirmed Nature Conservation Officials won’t grant permits to the Private game Reserves Amakhala, Kariega and also not to Shamwari, to release (our) leopards. This caused a problem for us, since we did breed with the leopards for release and they were actually “ordered” to be released. So now I had to carefully think and plan ahead. The big question was: how to continue with the leopards and Leopard Conservation Program. Also for the Javan Leopard in the Release Program there were still no releases possible. This all is a very sad situation for the leopard and for us wanting the best for all leopard species who are under threat.
This setback won’t keep us from doing what’s best for the leopards, and we will continue to fight for their welfare and contribute to their survival. Priority is now to find a next-best forever home for the young leopards, since a release isn’t very likely anymore, even though we keep trying in other Provinces. We did look around to see what the options were, and also asked a few sanctuaries if they could help out. Sadly for leopards it is very difficult to find the right place, as we only settle for the best of course. BUT…..I am happy to say, 2018 might turn out to be a very good and interesting year for us after all, with new hopes and possibilities for the leopards and our projects in S.A. I will start investigating the offered space and opportunities in January, and I must say I am very exited and passionate to do so.
So watch this space for up-dates on this any time soon. For the young leopards this for sure will be the best solution, and who knows in the end still a life in the wild is within their reach. Very close to that anyway!! In 2018 I will also make some changes in the continuation of the other projects we are involved in with Wild Cats World. More about that also soon on this website.

For now I like to wish you all a very Merry X-mas and all the best for the New Year. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all your support, in every way, and for following Wild Cats World, all projects and beloved cats and species. We keep in touch!!!

Warm wishes,

Babette de Jonge
Founder/CEO Wild Cats World

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WCW started this conservation project on the DCP farm in Spotted Cats Conservation, with three wild black-footed cats, Beauty, Blacky and Footy. All three cats were injured by traps and could not be released into the wild. They were given a great home as well as the necessary treatment by the vet.
In late 2013 we decided to relocate the cats to the Cat Conservation Trust (CCT) as part of a new working alliance that adds more knowledge and expertise to make the project even more successful. Also, our captive born female Diva could join Blacky & Beauty as a start of a breeding program with this very endangered species.

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