DID YOU KNOW?
Lions and other predators are being captured alive out of National Parks in some areas of Botswana (illegally) and moved towards South Africa and other countries to be hunted?
Did you know that these species are being monitored by poachers and followed until they can be captured and moved? Did you know that some of these species are being chased for Kilometres with a vehicle until they cannot run anymore and then either captured with a dart gun or by hand?
Do you know why this is happening?
Remember we discussed previously that there is a growing demand for Lion Bones and other Lion Parts to be utilised in countries all over? Well this is one example. Yes, WILD Lions, Cheetah’s and Leopard are captured to supply the demand. When will anything be save again?
So imagine you are lying at a pool and relaxing away from the HOT sun and all of a sudden somebody rushes towards you and chases you down. Tie your legs and arms together, covers you with a blanket over your head, put you in a car and then sedates you. Then you wake up in a place you have NO idea where you are and think you are free and start running until you hit a fence a few meters away.
Before you know it, you hear a car approaching and somebody gets out and points a gun at you.
How would you feel about this? This is happening in Africa people. We have a saying here at WFL that when a snake bites you on your foot the venom moves towards you heart of starts rotting at the sight and spreads. So would you not say that with this demand for Lions and their bones in South Africa the venom is starting to move upwards into more countries north from here?
Did you know that breeding places in Botswana is now also selling their excess Lions to South Africa so that they can start breeding again?
Wonder where these Lions will go, seeing as the demand is so high it does make one wonder.
Take a good look at these people in the picture. As they are only but a few people of the Department of Wildlife and National parks working so hard daily to fight this problem. It is a problem that has raised its head only a few years ago where one can actually see the consequences these days. So we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of them for working so hard and putting their own lives in danger to protect their last remaining Lions.