Ambassador cats

The Wild Cats World foundation does not (yet) have famous human ambassadors like other wildlife care organizations. But who would be better suited to represent the wild cats we care so deeply about than the cats in our direct care themselves. Below is the list of WCW ambassadors that are the prime examples of what we have been able to achieve so far.

You can support our projects by symbolically adopting one (or more) of these magnificient cats.

Also see Ambassador movies.
For information on all wild cat species, please check out the overview from WCW’s siter-site Wild Cats Magazine.

“For a special WCW tour getting the first hand info about the WCW ambassadors and projects, write to info@wildcatsmagazine.nl.
These are private tours, so let us know when you like to visit as for date and time. Thanks and hope to see you!” 

Felix – leopard

felix0Felix was born November 7th 2011 in Hoopstad. He was one of two cubs of a spotted mother and a black father. Felix and his sister Feline are both part of our Wild Cats World Leopard Conservation Project in Eastern Cape/South Africa. Our leopard Felicia and Felix make a gorgeous couple.
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Feline – leopard

feline0Feline was born November 7th 2011 in Hoopstad. She was one of two cubs
of a spotted mother and a black father. Feline and her brother Felix
are both part of our Wild Cats World Leopard Conservation Project in
Eastern Cape/South Africa. Feline and the younger male Félipe are a
wonderful couple.
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Felipe – leopard

felipe0Félipe is a spotted male leopard, born October 1st, 2012 and he is the future partner of our female ambassador Feline. In size Félipe is topping all of our leopard ambassadors as he is really huge. All four leopards still love to be together so we keep the corridor between two huge enclosures open. They will only be closed when Feline is on heat as she and her brother need to be separated then of course to avoid any “incidents”.
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Felicia – leopard

felicia0Felicia was born March 1st 2013 in Gauteng, South Africa. Her first year was a long and sorrowful road and we almost lost her, but luckily the operation we arranged at a vet specialist in Johannesburg was successful and in January 2014 Felicia could finally be introduced to her new boyfriend Felix and the other two leopards. They all four love each other. Felicia completely regained health, but sadly we lost her brother Floris.
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Solo – leopard

1-DSC02541Solo is born at Wild Cats World, January 3rd 2016, one of two boys (Solo & Sala) in the first litter of our African leopard couple Felicia & Felix. Sadly his brother died short after the birth, due to a breech-birth, but Solo will stay at our project, since he is an important part of the WCW Leopard Conservation Project and “experiment” to keep two families of leopards in a Pride, and show the world “The Other Side of the Leopard”.

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Olive – leopard

1-DSC06928Olive is born at Wild Cats World, November 4th 2015, one of two cubs (Olive & Kali) in the first litter of our African leopard couple Feline & Felipe. Sadly Kali died, aged 6 weeks old, due to an unfortunate incident, but Olive will stay at our project, since she is an important part of the WCW Leopard Conservation Project and “experiment” to keep two families of leopards in a Pride, and show the world “The Other Side of the Leopard”. Olive luckily soon got company again of little Solo, the two months younger son of our other leopard couple Felix & Felicia.

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Bella – leopard

Bella and her sister Bahati are born at Wild Cats World/Eastern Cape, January 10th 2017.  They are born in the second litter of African leopard female Feline & male Félipe.
If they aren’t moving to another valuable place focused on African leopard Conservation, or aren’t released in a Private Game Reserve (mission of our conservation projects), all youngsters born at our sanctuary/conservation project will have a permanent home with us.

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Bahati – leopard

Bahati and her sister Bella are born at Wild Cats World/Eastern Cape, January 10th 2017.  They are born in the second litter of African leopard female Feline & male Félipe.
If they aren’t moving to another valuable place focused on African leopard Conservation, or aren’t released in a Private Game Reserve (mission of our conservation projects), all youngsters born at our sanctuary/conservation project will have a permanent home with us.

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Spiky – cheetah

spiky0Spiky was an 8 months old male when he joined us and raised by his mother. Spiky was not used to humans as he grew up with his parents on a huge piece of land with little human presence. It was funny to see that it was Spiky who adapted easier to the “new People” and surroundings than his little girlfriend Speedy. Both fortunately do like each other so for the time being they can keep each other company.
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Speedy – cheetah

speedy0Female Speedy came to us as a 6 months old cub in january 2014. She was raised by her mother in captivity. For cheetahs in captivity it is not necessary to be “tamed” but it is always better to keep them stress free (or socialised) as with all other species.

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Sunny – cheetah

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Sunny is a young male cheetah who arrived at Wild Cats World in the summer of 2014.
Like the other two cheetah ambassadors at the Spotted Cats Conservation Project, Speedy & Spiky, also Sunny is semi-wild, or motherraised. The Wild Cats World cheetahs will live in huge camps far from the other WCW projects, to give the cheetahs a relaxed and stress-free life, far from the tourist-zone.

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Joy – serval

joy0Joy was born in 2012 at Tenikwa, South Africa. She was motherraised like we love it best for our ambassadors. Her first boyfriend was a tame serval Diesel but sadly that wasn’t a good match.With her new boyfriend (2014) Turbo, who is less tame, it goes much better. Both servals seem to enjoy each other’s company a lot. Together they are part of the Spotted Cats Conservation project for servals in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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Norrick – serval

welcome NorrickJuly 4th 2016 – we were happy to welcome our new male serval (Leptailurus serval) ambassador: Norrick! Norrick was born at Honingkranz (Karoo Cat Research i.a.w. Cat Conservation Trust) 5th of August 2014 in a litter of three. With the sad loss of his one year older brother Mick, he will be the new friend, keeping our pretty female Joy company

Date of Birth: 5th of August 2014

Parents: mother Nala, wild born/Eastern Cape and dad Krato (captive born Karoo Cat Research CCT)

Sisters: Nadja and Nadine (both released in a reserve)

Norrick sired one litter of two, of which surviving son Orion (Karoo Cat Research/CCT)
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Leo – caracal

leo0Leo was born in February 2012. He is our second caracal ambassador. Our first one was the well-known Nina, who sadly was intentionally injured at a so-called sanctuary in Anna Paulowna, the Netherlands. Leo was meant to be a couple with Nina, but after she died we decided to keep him at our caracalproject in South Africa, where he is now living in peace with caracal female Lea (DCP).
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Nina II – caracal

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On November 5th Nina (II) and her brother Thilido were born at our SCC project, S.A. with parents our male caracal ambassador Leo and (DCP) female Lea. We at WCW wanted at least one litter of this gorgeous couple and said from the start that a female born would be named Nina after our late caracal female who intentionally got killed in the Netherlands at Stichting Leeuw/Landgoed Hoenderdaell. Nina (II) truly honours the name of her late name-sake, and will be a great ambassador to her species alongside her parents and brother all staying with us at Spotted Cats Conservation under the best of circumstances.

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Lilly – black footed cat

On Monday 31st of October we could finally welcome two new black-footed cats. Male Spotty and female Lilly. Not much info was given about the cats, as always they suddenly appear and farmers look for a good place for them to stay. While we are almost sure Spotty has been born in the wild, Lilly has a more gentle nature and the latest info we received from the farmers we got them from is that she is a captive born, and a handraised one. She is far less showing the usual “hiss and spit” behaviour compared to the other black footed cats we have and had in our project, so that could be the explanation. Also we were given a picture of a black-footed cat kitten that appears to be Lilly. Judging on these facts she is 1,5 years old now, so pretty young.
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Spotty – black footed cat


On Monday 31st of October we could finally welcome two new black-footed cats. Male Spotty and female Lilly. Not much info was given about the cats, as always they suddenly appear and farmers look for a good place for them to stay. While we are almost sure Spotty has been born in the wild, Lilly has a more gentle nature and clearly wasn’t hissing and spitting like Spotty, and for which we know the species: small but fierce!
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Sid – African wild cat

sid0Only recently we started the African Wildcat project, part of our Spotted Cats Conservation Project in SA. Our first ambassador that arrived May 2013 is Sid. Sid was born August 30, 2012 at Cat Conservation Trust.
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Louise – African wild cat

louise0Louise, our female African wildcat, arrived at our project in August 2013, aged one. She makes a happy couple with our male Sid. Louise is also born at Cat Conservation Trust.
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Maurice- African wild cat

1-DSC02509Maurice is born at Wild Cats World, December 23rd 2015, one of two boys (Milow & Maurice) in the first litter of our (pure genes) African wild cats Louise & Max. He will stay at our project, since the African wild cats are very rare and endangered. As true ancestor of the domestic cats, also their biggest threat is the domestic cat, or feral cat. Due to the mating with domestic or feral cats, there’s more hybrid wild cats instead of a healthy bloodline as for African wild cats left in the wild these days. That’s why breeding with these cats is so essential.

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Sandy- African wild cat

Sandy and her sister Stars are born at Wild Cats World/Eastern Cape, September 20th 2016.  They are born in the second litter of African wildcat female Louise & male Max (with pure African wildcat genes).
If they aren’t moving to another valuable place doing African wildcat Conservation, or aren’t released in a Private Game Reserve (mission of our conservation projects), all youngsters born at our sanctuary/conservation project will have a permanent home with us.

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Stars- African wild cat

Stars and her sister Sandy are born at Wild Cats World/Eastern Cape, September 20th 2016.  They are born in the second litter of African wildcat female Louise & male Max (with pure African wildcat genes).
If they aren’t moving to another valuable place doing African wildcat Conservation, or aren’t released in a Private Game Reserve (mission of our conservation projects), all youngsters born at our sanctuary/conservation project will have a permanent home with us.

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Ruben- African wild cat

Hybrid- African wildcat male Ruben was brought to our sanctuary in 2014. The farmer asked if he could stay with us, otherwise he would shoot him. Ruben was accused being a chicken thief by this farmer.
Of course we are there to rescue (wild) cats and keep them save from brutal killers like many farmers. We firstly brought Ruben to the vet for check up and necessary vaccinations and after that for him a difficult time started adjusting to a life in captivity. Being close to other cats, like first the black-footed females Diva & Beauty (neighbouring him) and now the African wildcat family, was his true rescue. He enjoys being part of the family, and soon forgot his fear and wild manners. Ruben has found a forever home with us and happily receives the daily necessary TLC and good food!

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R.I.P.

Precious cats that are no longer with us...

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Nina - caracal

 

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Floris - leopard

 

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Footy - black footed cat

 

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mickMick - Serval - serval

 

1-img_0206Beauty - black footed cat

 

 

Max - African wild cat

 

 

 

 

 

Diva - black footed cat

 

 


Featured Project

WCW Leopard Conservation

When Babette de Jonge started her non-profit foundation Wild Cats World in June 2010, she already had her mind set on starting a special leopard project. There are lots of cheetah, tiger and even lion conservationprojects, creating awareness for the bad situation of these species in the wild, but somehow people always seem to have the strange and wrong idea that the leopard numbers are still save. Even though there never really was a leopard census, neither in Africa, nor in Asia. Also leopards are being killed in both countries on a daily basis. In India up till 2011 there were 356 leopards killed in 365 days, but in 2012 these numbers seem to be increasing.

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