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The story of 2 Ladies and 2 Lions

The story of 2 Ladies and 2 Lions

Thanks to the determination of two amazing woman – Drew and Maxine – two little lion cubs – Lia and Elsa – have arrived at their Safe Final Forever home, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. When asked how she feels about that, Drew says “Relieved! Relieved with the knowledge that they (Lia and Elsa) will be safe for the rest of their lives.”

So we would like to WELCOME Lia and Elsa to the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance and their new home at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.  Lia is a tawny 6 month old Lioness and Elsa a 9 month old white Lioness…or should I say Lioness in the making.

Finally Safe

Lia is not the first (or only) lion cub that Drew has saved. To date 10 lions have been saved thanks to Drew. When Maxine first met Elsa she felt a strong connection, and from this first moment, she knew she had to save her. We believe that this will also not be the last lion Maxine saves.

Lia

Lia

Due to the abuse that Lia (the tawny lion cub) had to endure in her earliest days – living in a hamster size cage and being fed nothing but camel milk – her growth is severely stunted. Lia is however under the care now of our amazing Vet Brendan Tindall who feels comfortable that Lia will be much better off now that she is here at Jukani and on a safer healthier diet. Before her rescue, Lia also suffered a broken left shoulder which was not taken care of. As result, she might always walk with a slight limp and be smaller than the other lions but she makes up for that in attitude.

Elsa

Elsa

Elsa has endured emotional and physical abuse which she now needs to recover from, and we hope that living with Lia with whom she has already bonded, and being free from human interference will help her become a confident lioness.
SAASA (South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance) and especially the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary team would like to take this opportunity and say WELCOME Lia and Elsa. As well as saying thank you! Thank you to Drew and Brian Abrahamson, Maxine Prins, PAWS SA – Hilton Button, The Pet Lounge, Pets want to travel, Paul Tully, Jill Burton, Diana Zulficker, Hesham Sheta, Dr Abdullah Hassin, Vet Brendan Tindall and our team!

Maxine, Vet Brendan, Jill and Drew

Maxine, Vet Brendan, Jill and Drew

So if you are looking for something amazing to do….come and visit our Sanctuaries and welcome these new arrivals.

Four Tswalu wild dogs

Thanks to a joint agreement between Tswalu, Endangered Wildlife Trust and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, four wild dogs will stay at the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary on a temporary basis.

Once a reserve large enough is found where the Wilddogs can safely be released and their future secure, will they be released back into the wild. Not only will Jukani visitors have the privilege of seeing these beautiful painted dogs whilst at our Sanctuary but guests will leave with the knowledge that these four will be released and that the conservation of wild dogs in nature is ongoing.

The four Wild dogs arrived from the red sands of the beautiful Kalahari on Thursday 9 October to their new home in the lush green forests of the Garden Route outside Plettenberg Bay.

Wild dogs Arriving at Jukani

Wild dogs Arriving at Jukani

Wild dogs have arrived

Wild dogs have arrived

Wild dogs checking out their new home

Wild dogs checking out their new home

Here is some really fun and amazing facts about African Painted Wild Dogs:
• The scientific name for the African Wild dog means “painted wolf”. No two wild dogs have the same markings, which makes them easily identifiable as individuals. This is why the original name “African Wild Dog” has been changed to “African Painted Wild Dog)
• African wild dogs have huge home ranges and are constant wanderers. In the Serengeti the estimated size of each pack’s territory is 1,500 km2. An area the size of Greater London, which is home to 7.5 million people, could therefore only support one or two African wild dog packs.
• Unlike many other species, once they reach maturity it is the males that stay within their natal pack while females migrate and join new packs.
• Pups that are old enough to eat solid food are given priority at a kill, even over the dominant pair.
• The dogs have a peculiar rather playful ceremony that bonds them for a common purpose and initiates each hunt. They start circulating among the other pack members, vocalizing and touching until they get excited and are ready to hunt.
• African wild dogs are intelligent and cooperative hunters. Some of the dogs run close to the prey while the others fall behind. They then take over when the front members tire.
• When feeding, they lack aggression towards each other and share the kill; even with members who may not have been involved in the actual hunt.
• The entire African wild dog pack shares responsibility for protecting the cubs, with both males and females babysitting the young.

Skål Arrival dinner at Indigo Bar – Beacon Island

After a long day of travelling there is nothing like sitting down with old and new friends, having a scrumptious meal and reminiscing about the days events.  Well thanks to Bonnievale Wines the night kept going, the wine kept flowing and the smile kept growing.

A Meeting like NO Other – Only Skål!

The Bi-Annual Skål Meeting was held in the auditorium at Birds of Eden.  This was a first and it was fun to see this very professional group of people gather for a serious meeting huddling under or on blankets and Birds having their say in the back ground.