Like with every ending of a year we look back to what has been the past year. We gained, we lost, like every year. But of course we had a few highlights too. The relocation of four young leopards born at Wild Cats World, to live wild, in March 2018. Also we had two special births, at the black-footed cats and the leopards, all off spring growing up healthy.
So, we can only look back and say 2018 was very successful. We came closer to our actual mission and vision and that of course feels great. Also, we learnt so much again. About what is happening in conservation. But also we learnt a lot again about people. The intention for the New Year, is to focus even more on the cats and how to do our projects without getting distracted to “noise”. To be true to our own way of doing things, with welfare of the cats (as always) in mind only. To not waste time on social media too much anymore, and mostly in closed groups. Not to be confused by what others have to say.
A road we started to follow this year already, giving us a much better feeling. At Wild Cats World the cats and their well being is what matters most!
Apart from supporting the species in the wild, our main focus. We dedicate all we have to the Conservation projects and sanctuary in South Africa, with our important ambassadors. African wildcats, Black-footed cats, Caracals, Cheetahs, Leopards and Servals. The lions we rescued from the ugly Canned Hunting industry all have great forever home at other places.
We very much appreciate the continuous support by lots of followers. Some even so generous to support us with a yearly donation. We cannot thank you enough; as non-profit foundation we need all support we can get. The more we can do of course. But even without, it doesn’t stop us from giving the cats the best and to grow – in every sense of the word.
Have a blessed festive season. Merry X-Mas & All the Best for 2019!
The African leopardcubs @ Wild Cats World meeting their daddy for first time without a fence between them.
Enjoy this incredible video of African leopard (Panthera Pardus Pardus) mom Feline and her three wonderful cubs, playing & grooming.
At Wild Cats World.
Video by: Babette de Jonge, founder/CEO Wild Cats World
The newest addition to the WCW family is African wildcat female Quilla. Last Sunday (21st) she arrived and she settled in nicely. Of course the other wildcats were very curious to see their new neighbour and esp. Maurice (like it should be) was exited to see her from start and immediately started calling. Promising for the future. Luckily Quilla did start eating well right after her arrival so she is doing well. She is a pretty girl too as you can see, and like Louise she tends to stick out her tongue (to the photographer). More photos of her will follow later when she is completely at ease. Follow her and us on social media for the latest up-dates.
We are very proud to inform you about a third successful birth of our African leopard couple Feline & Félipe. After the relocation of the youngsters from previous litters to be (soft) released, March this year, the couple must have thought it is too quiet and time for new off spring.
On August 22nd we welcomed three gorgeous and healthy cubs again, 2 females & 1 male. Names we have but are only meant for insiders, like the people who work closely with them, and sponsors or (symbolic) adoption parents. For the world it is most important to know the African leopard (Panthera Pardus Pardus) is currently vulnerable on the red list of the IUCN. As their numbers are declining rapidly everywhere but also in South Africa, where the leopard ban on hunting has been withdrawn in some Provinces as well, these three new cubs, and any other in the future, are essential for the future of the species.
Of course these cubs, like the last born of our other couple Felicia & Felix, will in time be relocated for a (soft) release. As a matter of fact we already have a request by a wonderful, outstanding Private Game Reserve (non-hunting area), so the future looks bright. Of course the first one to two years they can enjoy the save surroundings close to their amazingly wonderful and protective mom Feline, dad Félipe and our other leopards.
We are often asked to co-operate in research or conservation projects or study ‘objects’ re. Conservation Ecology.
Twané Bester focused on the African wildcat as her project to finish off her studies at University Pretoria, and requested to use some footage.
Enjoy this video, starring a.o. our African wildcats Sid & Louise. The video was received well with a mark of 90% and Twané’s professor requested to use it as example for next year’s students. So well done! All attention for the small wildcatspecies is more than welcome!!!
On the 26th of March 2018, our black-footed cat female Lilly gave birth to another kitten. The second birth of this season, which is very normal for black footed cats. In September 2017 she gave birth to Lady & Lucky, who are still doing well, and this new kitten seems to be a girl as well, though isn’t officially sexed yet.
So far so good, and we are very happy, as the species is very rare and endangered, and very vulnerable to stress-related illnesses like kidney failure, why most of them die on young age. One of the essential conservation projects of Wild Cats World is focused on the Black-footed Cats.
A first glimpse of Olive, Solo, Beau & Bahati, the four young leopards born and (mother)raised at Wild Cats World, who in March this year were relocated for a (soft) release…… Founder/CEO of WCW, Babette de Jonge, went to visit (search for….) them, and these are the moments captured of the first glimpse, to show best the confirmed news that they are doing great (as expected) and are showing the exact right wild behaviour already. Esp. Solo and Olive turned very elusive and preferred to hide away for the vehicle….
They are in same territory as a rehabilitated wild male ( with Olive) and 2 wild females, Phoenix & Cleo (with the three boys).
For who said “you can’t”….we only want to say: “yes we can!!!” Thanks to all involved on our great journey to get the bigger and better for all cats, and have many released or free roaming in near future!!
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