In Memory of… Simonne van Driessche

(20 February 1954 – 17 September 2020)

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.

All lives matter @ Wild Cats World

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 info@wildcatsmagazine.nl to discuss ways to support us.
Or please make a donation to the Paypal account: info@wildcatsmagazine.nl

See our About page for Dutch and South African bankdetails to make a transfer!


Thank you so much!!!!
The Wild Cats World team

Wild Cats World for the leopards

The new huge Wild Cats World leopard project has started. Nothing, no one and for sure no Covid-19 will stop us from doing what we intended to from start, 10 years ago.
All progress will be up-dated on a regular basis on the facebook pages Friends of Wild Cats World and Wild Cats World leopard groups/pages.
Sponsors, true and positive followers as well as volunteers (past and present) can be part of this.

Leopard experience WCW

Wild Cats World is an official non-profit organisation, with an official registered sanctuary. Supporting the species in the wild, and providing the best forever homes in the sanctuary. Striving for the best for the leopards and all other species in our care.

Wild Cats World is providing paid jobs and supporting SA economy since 2012. Most investments are done by the owners.
If you are interested to be part of this, by donating, sponsoring, or volunteering, e-mail us at info@wildcatsmagazine.nl

South African bank account

For the South African followers, of whom we know that they want to make a donation, here are the details of the South African bank account of Wild Cats World Sanctuary. This should make things a lot easier.
Thanks so much

Bank : FNB
Branch code: 260216
Branch name: Lifestyle Centre Centurion
Acc.Type: Business Acc
Acc. Number: 62865321592
Wild Cats Sanctuary

Wild Cats World is going strong

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.

Courtney Bodenstein & Elzet Mammoszer
Alison Jones, Elzet Mammoszer and Moze Mammoszer

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, info@wildcatsmagazine.nl.

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!!!

A must Read Reality check

What we said all this time, the threat to healthy Leopard numbers is severe. Leopard Conservation is essential, but how is it conducted in South Africa?

Apart from all mentioned, another serious threat is the capturing, keeping and killing of wild leopards in captivity with approval of all so-called conservation organisations. These also claim to protect the species but, as we found out, don’t take the threat seriously and take advantage of it for their own ego and income. And then they say no to healthy blood (for breeding) which merely shows how fucked up SA conservation is.
We don’t want to jeopardize our good leopard genes any more until something is changing big time.

We are the only leopard conservation program in South Africa (run by Overseas people, what irony) who have just the best interest of the leopard and its survival at heart. Yet the country decides to ignore good intentions, but instead is choosing a road to extinction.

We will keep fighting for the leopard, but in a different way. The in-breeding goes for all species in the smaller areas like Private Game Reserves who these days are nothing more than a huge zoo. They rely on people to regulate numbers and breeding, so nothing is natural about it. Of course there are lots of the problems for cheetah and Lions. The “release and conservation” efforts are nothing more than a way to keep the exploit going.

Read the article about it on The Conversation.

Corona Virus and more……

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!

Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge
Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge
Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge
Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge
Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge
Leopard - Photography Babette de Jonge

Up-date plans and projects

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.

WCW feral cat operation II

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.

WCW feral cat operation in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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.

WCW feral cat operation in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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. ❣️

WCW feral cat operation in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Merry X-Mas & Happy New Year

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!

Wild Cats vs abuse, trade, hunting and exploitation

Yes THIS (see photo!) is exactly what we think about all the animal abuse… exploitation, trade, bone and Hunting ‘industry’ in South Africa.


Thanks to the best Leopard ambassadors we have been working for most of 2019 on a huge scale Investigation as for the mentioned before. Name and shame and revealing time soon…

It is scary that everybody somehow and in some way is involved in this business. Foundations, welfare organisations, conservation… huge laugh, in fact the biggest threat to Wildlife as it appears now. Learnt so much past time… hard to describe. Yes the book will be there in the end too!

Thanks to Caib our volunteer from Scotland for the great picture, Chui @ Wild Cats World.

It's always seems impossible... until it's done!


Wild Cats World sanctuary, South Africa, has been officially registered as a Non Profit Company by the South African Government.
Registration: 2020/583643/08.

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Pallas cat conservation

As announced on March 16 in 2017, the WCW Pallas Cat Conservation Project has become a reality.

 

 

The project could be split in two activities:

  • Help and support Zoo de Lyon to raise funds for work related to the Pallas cat Conservation in-situ and ex-situ.
  • Raise funds for the PICA project – Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance.

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