On the night of the 15th February, a lioness broke into a goat corral in a small village in Niassa and killed two goats. Community members chased her away, she returned and killed another 3 goats, and was chased away again. The third time she returned she was killed inside the goat corral. The community reported the incident the next morning and the Niassa Reserve management team immediately responded and sent a team out to the village to recover the lion and find out what happened. The goat owner wanted to keep the skin to sell it as compensation for the goats, but according to the law animals killed for HWC belong to the state. We are sorry the lioness died, but it is so encouraging to see the community report the incident and well done to Reserve team for responding so quickly. Chasing away and then killing a hungry lioness on prey at night with nothing but a bamboo torch and a spear is not for the fainthearted and we appreciate how much of a loss the 4 goats are to the goat owner and how terrifying it is to have a lion in the village at night. The NLP team will be going out to help the goat owner fix his corral so that this does not happen again. The majority of people in Niassa build corrals to keep goats in not to keep predators out, and are reluctant to fix a corral until a goat is taken. We need to use this opportunity to talk about safe behaviours and effective goat corral design and help the community fix their corrals so it doesn’t happen again.
By Advocate | January 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm
The Wildcat Sanctuary’s director has a quote that often rings in my head. “We cannot rescue ourselves out of the captive wildlife crisis.” I’ve only been at the Sanctuary a short time and I humbly admit now that when I started here I thought we COULD rescue our way out. I thought if we and other accredited sanctuaries just took in all the unwanted, exploited abandoned cats, we could “fix” the problem.
Now, six months later and countless desperate phone calls from people wanting to surrender cats or report abuse, I know the truth. We cannot rescue our way out of the captive wildlife crisis. For every cat we rescue, a breeder somewhere is making six more. For every exotic pet we have surrendered to us, there are hundreds more left in tiny cages, chained to the ground or ignored in backyards.
While this information came as a huge disappointment to me, and a stunning reality check that has kept me awake on more than one night, it has also inspired me to learn more about how we CAN make a difference.
I often think back to the 1970′s impactful public service announcement showcasing a Native American man in a canoe shedding a tear for the environment. Back in the 70′s, it was commonplace for people to throw trash out their car windows. Fast food bags, pop cans, empty cigarette packs and even diapers were tossed with no regard for what it may be doing to the environment.
Through the years, we realized the error of our ways. We woke up to our ignorance of the truth. If everyone uses the earth as their garbage can, there will no future for our children. I don’t think the people of the 70′s and before were any meaner, or less intelligent than we are today. They were just ignorant, uninformed and not educated on the environment.
Likewise, I think this is the very root of the captive wildlife crisis. People do not realize that when they attend circuses or pet a tiger at a roadside zoo they are greasing the palms of the people whose greed has led to the problem of homeless and abandoned exotic pets in the first place.
If people continue to buy these “pets” from breeders instead of adopting one of the millions of appropriate pets from a shelter, they will continue to perpetuate the problem. I don’t believe the general public would condone or celebrate the captive, exploited existence of so many of these animals – they just don’t realize how they contribute.
If, every day, those of us who speak for the animals touch one person and ask them to touch another and so on, be it in conversation or through Facebook or in other creative ways, we can make a difference.
Just as our children now know that they can’t throw their garbage out the window, I trust that one day their children would not think of not spaying or neutering their pets or going to a circus or petting a baby tiger at the mall or getting a serval as a pet.
Just like the Native American man who shed a tear for the environment, I like to believe that every tear we shed today will spare a tear for future generations. I know that we can’t rescue our way out of the exotic animal pet trade. But we can educate our way out. As we begin 2013, please join us in continuing to spread the No More Wild Pets message.
Together, we can change the future!
Holly Henry – The Wildcat Sanctuary, Communications Manager
By Leon Watson
PUBLISHED: 10:12 GMT, 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 18:49 GMT, 31 December 2012
This leopard shows that he’s got fangnam style by flashing his teeth while dancing to attract a mate.
The leopard looks like he’s doing the moves from popular music video Gangnam Style, by standing on his back legs and dancing.
The leopard tries to impress his mate who is rolling around in the long grass.
The incredible pictures were taken by photographer Mohammed Alnaser, 34, in the Londolozi Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
He said: ‘Our ranger was informed about those mating leopards while we were taking photos of a pride of lions nearby so we rushed into the scene but it seemed that they were having a rest by the time we arrived, so it took us around another 30 minutes before they started mating again.
‘The male is quite young and ‘inexperienced’ as the ranger is quite familiar with both the male and female and we were told that he wasn’t doing it right as he kept on jumping around being very careful with the female’s reaction.
‘It was the first time in my life to see mating leopard and it was very intense and interesting as we spent time watching them as they mated around five or seven times in our presence.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255190/Fangnam-style-Leopard-tries-impress-mate-bizarre-ritual-looks-just-look-Psy-doing-gangnam.html#ixzz2GkcyJ4mS
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