With the passing of Simonne van Driessche, we lost our most loyal supporter and friend. The (symbolic) adoption parent of leopards Feline & Felix and caracal Leo……. An animal lover in heart and soul and a true follower of Wild Cats World. Always standing by with a word of support; showing incredible interest in all we do. For better and for worse.
We shall find peace.
We shall see angels,
We shall see the sky
sparkling with diamonds
R.i.p. Simonne – you will be missed and never forgotten. The word loyal is made for you, as loyal you were!!!! Thanks for everything!!!!!!
Photo: Simonne meeting caracal kitten Nina at “sanctuary” Stichting Leeuw, Anna Paulowna, Netherlands (May 2012). The poor kitten was brutally injured and left to die 4 months later at this so-called sanctuary. Simonne stayed loyal to the cause of Nina all the way; she stayed loyal to all our projects and wild cats.
If you can find it in your heart to support the Wild Cats World sanctuary, you will not only contribute to the gorgeous cats on these pictures, just a few of the residents at the Wild Cats World sanctuary. You will also support employment opportunities.
By taking the best of care of the wild cats and other animals, we create jobs and support local economy.
As for the cats: they want to have the best of space, food, care, company… a life as wild as possible. We want to provide this – as a non-profit organisation our means are limited – but we still do what we can.
Do you want to support us?
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways to support us.
Or please make a donation to the Paypal account: email@example.com
See our About page for Dutch and South African bankdetails to make a transfer!
Thank you so much!!!!
The Wild Cats World team
Even though it is a difficult and insecure time, we are happy to inform you that Wild Cats World as official sanctuary in South Africa is going strong. We are making huge steps and significant progress with a large new project, as always benefiting all cats in our care big time!
The WCW team is growing and more solid and reliable as ever before. The employees who are loyal to WCW will be secure of a great future in our organisation, which is growing slowly but surely.
Of course Covid-19 is hitting us hard too. We take our responsibility to the animals in our sanctuary as well as to the team of employers very serious. Their well-being is essential for us and we will provide the best in our power. Ever since we started our sanctuary in South Africa we of course support the South African economy and local businesses by spending lots of money. Sadly we have lost a lot of money due to corruption in SA too. We like to continue with our work for the endangered wild cats, big and small for a long time to come.
As non-profit organisation due to Covid-19 we have no income at all, other than the money earned in our jobs in the Netherlands. If you have a heart for the wild cats and our work, and you are looking for a charity cause to give a donation or sponsor a project or animal, please do contact us by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All sponsors will be able to follow us and the cats closely by becoming a member of our (closed) groups on Facebook, to which you will get an invitation. You will also be more than welcome to visit us in person to see for yourself that every single penny will be spend on the animals and the various ways to give them the best care possible.
We keep you up-dated. Thanks for following us!!!
While the Corona virus turned out to be a world wide threat and problem, causing all kinds of complications, we like to keep the positive spirit. Luckily we are in the position to continue what we have started recently and which will in the end give our projects, the species we are fighting for and working with, and all involved the long-awaited boost.
Volunteers who booked with us and aren’t able to take their flight to enjoy spending time @ Wild Cats World, we can always look for another period of time that will suit us both. Just e-mail us and we can take it from there. Same goes for volunteers who like to make a booking; best to get in touch first to see what the best option is.
We sympathize with all victims of the Corona virus and wish for you all to Keep Well!!
With all negativity there’s always some positivity. For the environment & wildlife the world-wide crisis comes as a blessing……Mother Earth seems to strike back big time and so far there’s nothing people could do to stop this.
Let’s work together, one for all instead of all for one, and let’s beat the crisis in a positive way. And just realise it is not people who rule the planet. Let’s stop destroying the earth and by doing so ourselves!
The year 2020 couldn’t have started better for us at Wild Cats World. We received the golden opportunity to continue making plans and to make dreams come true for all of us. All the cats, starting with the leopards, will surely thrive but also for all people involved it will be a huge improvement.
So after the first 10 years we are ready for a huge change. We decided not to say too much about our plans and the future just yet. A lot of work still needs to be done, so we take one step at a time and will also up-date you along the way.
At facebook we have daily ‘teasers’ leading to the big moment of truth. Apart from that, just keep watching this space. It might take a while until there’s more to tell, but believe us it is well worth the wait.
In the meantime we like to say thank you to all our true followers and supporters, believing in us all the way, and ignoring the negative “internet trolls” and “backstabbers” who have nothing better to do than spread lies, most of all under fake names.
Our plans will involve all: all the species and ambassadors, and all
at WCW or supporting WCW.
The book “Blood Conservation” is still part of the future plans, but first things first.
We started the big scale WCW feral cat operation in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa. When cat owners don’t take responsibility and welfare is starting to become an issue, we step in. Wild Cats World is there for all cats, big and small, tame, lesser tame and wild.
We did a one-time project for 9 other feral cats (the Gangsters) who are still meeting us twice a day for a meal and TLC. The 9th one turned up later and proved to be more a domestic cat and she now has a permanent home too.
With huge thanks for the offer of financial support from a few volunteers. We try to help as many as possible this time, to start with around 14. And preferably vaccination and removal of kittens on top of this. ❣️
Team Wild Cats World and all wonderful wild cat ambassadors love to express our gratitude for your wonderful support throughout another year. A year with lots of difficulties to overcome, plans to make, changes taking place. Another year full of love and care for the resident wild cats and species in our sanctuary and conservation programs.
What kept us most busy and still is: the fight for the African leopard. With the “disappearance” of our female Olive on her way to the wild, we discovered many shocking things which are huge threats to the wild leopards. So a courtcase and lots more will be happening next year and also lots of other ambitious plans to start with.
But we will keep you up-dated by posts on social media and this website.
For now: have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2020 in good health!
The main focus during your stay will be to learn everything about diet, husbandry, living conditions and hygiene practices in order to prevent diseases. You will learn all this while assisting the caretaker or owner giving the best care to African wildcats, Black-footed cats, Caracals, Cheetahs, Leopards, Servals and a group of feral cats.
BUT… we of course want to give education as well. We want our volunteers to leave knowing all important facts about all species you worked with.
Also about the lions of which we initiated the rescue of 10 animals from Canned Hunting, not in our care but safe and sound. So, we added this special item to the volunteering program, soon to start.
For more info write to email@example.com
Availability from April 2020 and months after – this year until April 2020 we have no availability anymore: full house.
Are you a passionate (wild) cat enthusiast? Are you keen to work with African wildcats, Black-footed cats, Caracals, Cheetahs, Leopards, Servals and feralcats?
Would you love to assist our caretaker giving daily care (and more) to all cats at our sanctuary/conservation projects? And are you looking forward to hear more stories about how we fight for the survival of the mentioned species (but also the other wild cat species around the world), the rescue of many cats and the rehabilitation work we support at several other places in South Africa?
We welcome volunteers for longer and shorter periods of time. We still have availability this year during a few months, but do hurry to write us and book your dates.
See you soon at Wild Cats World!
In case you are wondering what we are up to at this moment? It might seem quiet as for our projects and sanctuary but you can consider it to be “Calm before the storm”.
Behind the scenes lots of work is in progress, we are not allowed to share any info about just yet. Once we can, rest assured, you will hear loud and clear what we have been up to the past few months. This concerns a big revelation, which will hopefully cause some commotion and increased awareness of conservation.
Apart from that we are still having meetings with new people, Officials, and organizations to come closer to our final mission. As this still needs a lot of time, and can only start after the revelation, we better not share info about it just yet. We wait to give any further up-dates until the time is ride.
The boys “going wild” (see photos) were sighted in January this year and are doing well, as well as all the cats and species we have in our sanctuary. Focus for coming time will be the South African leopard project & our South African sanctuary with African native species.
The other projects for now are put on hold for several reasons. An up-date will follow as soon as we can.
In the meantime, thanks so much for following and supporting us and the wild cats.