Glad to inform you all that the Canned Hunting Project by Madame X supported by us in Wild Cats World is still going strong. The purchase of 100 HA of land in Europe and the relocation of already 7 lions destined for the ugly Canned Hunting business in S.A. was already a fact in 2014.
Today Madame X managed to pursuade one of the “bad guys” to give up another male lion who was about to be sold, not for the right reasons. The end of a life full of cuddling, and interaction for big money with humans all day. The lion will be welcomed by his new Pride and a proud Madame X. This year we will pay another visit to this magical place and if approved of by Madame X we will publish some more pictures of the fortunate lions (so far..) and all the space they
Finally… I think all of you know how Wild Cats World participated in a rescue operation from this zoo years back. Well, we took action to be able to rescue the cats from this awful place, but law decided otherwise back then. Today, almost 3 years further, we received this great news from “partner in crime” camera specialist Karla Munguia who did a great docu about her visits to this place, trying to pursue the owner to allow the cats to be rescued. We offered a safe haven at Wild Cats World then and we still do now. Fingers crossed all goes well in this rescue operation
More than 100 animals have been rescued from an overcrowded private zoo in Mexico.
Mexican environmental officials raided the zoo, which is owned by a conservative congressman, after complaints from visitors.
They found overcrowded and cramped cages piled on top of each other and unsafe conditions for visitors.
Among the animals rescued were lions, tigers, jaguars, pumas, bears, buffalos and camels.
Today Wild Cats World and Wanicare Foundation/Chikananga Wildlife Center will have another meeting to discuss the progress of the Javan leopard Release Program. We will discuss new ideas, plans and possibilities to achieve what’s best for the Javan leopard species and especially for the three wild-captured leopards (Dimas, Sawal and Ciemas) in the Rescue Center that are still waiting to be released.
We told you earlier that as much as we love to release them ‘yesterday’, it is not quite as simple. Many wild leopards are being caught due to conflicts with humans and their rapidly decreasing natural habitat. The problem right now is that there’s no space left in the rescue center to give home (preferably temporarily) to the caught leopards. Instead they will go to a zoo, with no chance to be ever released again for sure.
Because a safe habitat for release is difficult to find, we would like to increase better medium-term enclosures for more leopards, but that means having lots of new camps and enclosures built. Alas, this is a very costly business as we know only too well of the S.A. projects where we gave the best possible space to the 4 African leopard ambassadors (all born in captivity). The question also is if it is wise to invest so much money in infrastructure at the Rescue Center, as we also need it big time to make the releases possible.
So we have lots of things to contemplate, to discuss and decide about. We hope to be able to come to some decisions in the meeting today.
This is Nina (II), the daughter of our male Leo and his loving female Lea (DCP)….. We named her Nina as the first female cub born in our caracal conservation project, alongside her lovely brother Thilido. The project is dedicated to our first female ambassador Nina who was intentionally injured and left to die by… (sighhh…) in the Netherlands. As you all know that story, we just continue positively now as this Nina (and so is her brother) are symbolic to new life, new hope, new beginnings…
The proud parents Lea & Leo are taking such good care of them. They are loving and protective, and you can see how well this 4-week old cutie looks… mother’s milk and care of course being the best for them, and that shows!
Thanks for our caretaker Samantha Dann for sending this lovely picture.
Like any non-profit organisation we of course also rely on kindness of sponsors and on donations/adoptions. With the ambassadors eating around 22 kilo fresh game meat each day, providing them with the best of care, medical treatment and camps/enclosures, you can imagine how much your support is needed and appreciated. Beside this we currently have many other (co)-projects world-wide supporting the wild species and natural habitat, and also for this it is money, money. money that is needed.
So if you are looking for a nice Christmas present for yourself or your beloved ones? Try the (symbolic) adoptions we can offer you, of cheetahs, leopards, caracals, servals African wild cats or Black-footed cats? We thank the kind adoption parents and sponsors who have helped us so greatly already. More…
(WCW i.c.w. Madame X)
Five Canned Hunting lions recently moved to a 100 HA safe place. They went ballistic their first moments with space and safety, and no more cuddling people or guns pointing at them and their relatives. This is what you call a rescue.
Thanks Madame X for really doing something for these lions, and for letting us take part in this huge project. For not wanting any praise and not needing any funds….. you did it and no one so far has done the same!!!! We are looking forward to more projects like this in your company…… we are still aiming on free ranging cheetahs and with you everything is possible!!!! Soon we will share some more pics of the lions in their new territory.
Babette and Anton (WCW/WCM) say a big thank you to the befriended Wuppertal Zoo team for naming the 3 months old clouded leopard cub BATON as a combination of our two names. We think it is a very original name and are honoured they named the gorgeous one after us!!
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.
There are good reasons for the lioness on the enclosed picture to have a good ‘laugh’ as we just got confirmation that 2 more lions (males, brothers) have been freed from Canned Hunting. They will have a happy life at the huge property of Madame X (in cooperation with Wild Cats World). There they will join the 5 other fortunate lions (2 males, 3 females) so it is quite an achievement.
In short, Madame X is a celeb – who doesn’t want her name to be mentioned, which we of course respect – who asked Wild Cats World (Babette de Jonge) to help her fulfill her dream. She wants to give a wonderful life to a bunch of lions (intended for Canned Hunting) and in the future hopefully cheetahs (if the WCW cheetahs have some offspring). With her 100 ha of land in Europe (with an African climate) she can already give them lots of space. She wants to acquire even more land with some mountainous terrain. We will keep you informed, even though we cannot share all the details, which is for the better as in conservation there are always negative forces at work with their own agenda’s.
Shortly Madame X will write an article to explain her motivation and why she asked WCW for support and expertise. She will also reveal what her project aims to do against Canned Hunting and for the cats rescued. Note that the cats involved were “rescued” and not bought for a ransom that would supporting the ugly business of Canned Hunting! The latter is also one of the reasons why she doesn’t want her identity to be revealed.
As she (and we) say: “it is all about the cats and not about our egos! “ We wish more projects thought like this!
Also see the -X- Project main page.
From our partner in Indonesia in the Javan Leopard release program (wanicare foundation): Up-date leopards Sawal and Dimas.
“Still no positive news to tell about the release of Sawal and Dimas. We are still waiting for news and… results from the camera traps the rangers of Ciremai National Park promised us to locate in the mid area of the national Park. We hope we can release at least 1 of the leopards there, but first we need to be sure this area is suitable for another leopard. The whole release program takes too long and it is very frustrating. Next to the fact that there seem not to be any suitable areas left in Java to release leopards, we are also depending on others like National Parks, Forestry Dept. and investigators which doesn’t seem to be in a hurry. This makes it very complicated for us.
Besides that the situation of the Javan leopard in general is still very sad and it only becomes worse. Human conflicts are still continuing and the fact that there are so many human-leopard conflicts in Java the last years, is a sign that there’s not much space left, not much of the natural habitat so this makes it even more difficult to actually release “our” leopards but we will do our utmost to make this happen.
Although the situation for Dimas and Sawal is not ideal, they are both still fine. Last week they got their yearly vaccination and they are in good health, still very wild and shy towards humans. What makes it even harder for a relocation of leopards, as it seemed to be the case in India, the leopards get stressed and more aggressive, esp. to humans, because of a relocation to new and unknown habitat. Not easy to release wild cats back into their natural habitat, but for both Wanicare and Wild Cats World this is the ultimate mission!
We keep you up-dated and thank you all for your support !”