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ADOPT A LION

Your donation contributes directly towards a portion of the care costs for the adopted lion. This includes food, veterinary care and housing costs. Each adoptive parent will get an acknowledgement on the lions information board at the Park as well as on our website.

Adoptions fees are R1000 (approximately: 135 USD, 95 EURO, 85 GBP) and renewable every year.

We also have a LIFETIME adoption option, which entails a once off donation to adopt a lion for the rest of its natural life. If you are interested in this type of long term commitment please contact us and we will advise you of the lifetime adoption fee for the particular lion.

Please contact us if you are interested in adopting one of our lions.

Vic has been adopted by:

  • Henk Mulder & Ingrid Schippers (FOR LIFE)
  • Juliet & Marcus Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Coco & Mike Honsa
  • Eva Pruckl
  • Maties PAW
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.4
  • Aiden & Lucian Booysen
  • Emma Finch
  • Mel Chiert
  • Sydney Bron
  • Thomas Haw
  • Freddie Cooper
  • Alexandra Vasquez
  • Withers Family – Wales

Sabrina has been adopted by:

  • Henk Mulder & Ingrid Schippers (FOR LIFE)
  • Isabel, Marcus, Katie & Layla Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Eva Pruckl
  • Yoga & Pilates at Nirvana
  • Sharon & Stephen Withers - UK
  • Sabine Wintner
  • Rebecca Finch

 

Vic & Sabrina

Vic (male) born 26/12/2004 and Sabrina (female) born 14/06/2003 arrived at the sanctuary on 08/11/2012. These two white lions were donated to the sanctuary by Tygerberg Zoo because of the planned closure of the zoo.

As per our no breeding policy, Vic has been surgically sterilised.

Tigger has been adopted by:

  • Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)
  • Compass International School – Year 3 Van Wyk and Aslam (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Peter & Anne Slattery (FOR LIFE)
  • Helene Jeanney-Wragge
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • R, D, A, S Mermet
  • Joanna Sinnos
  • Georgia Bron
  • Louis Cooper
  • Emma van der Westhuizen

Rani has been adopted by:

  • Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)
  • Compass International School – Year 3 Van Wyk and Aslam (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Peter & Anne Slattery (FOR LIFE)
  • Matt & Ace Sorum
  • David & Eriko Oei
  • Anna Chirkova & Martin Lompa
  • Maties PAW

Tigger & Rani

Tigger (male) born 20/12/1999 and Rani (female) born 25/11/2001 arrived at the sanctuary on 30/10/2012. These two Bengal tigers were donated to the sanctuary by Tygerberg Zoo because of the planned closure of the zoo.

As per our no breeding policy, Tigger has been surgically sterilised.

Asad has been adopted by:

  • Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)
  • Alison Lamb (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith & Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Helene Jeanney-Wragge
  • David & Eriko Oei
  • Ethne Sharpe
  • Sunette Reyneke
  • Kirstin, Tamryn & Matthew White
  • Max Waller
  • Carys Embley
  • Shireela, Somdeb & Adityadeb Banerjee

 

Asad

Asad, found living in central Beirut, was successfully relocated to our sanctuary on 11-04-2012.Asad was born in August 2011.

Lebanon has no laws governing the keep of wild animals as pets and Asad is one of the lucky ones. Animals like lion and cheetah cubs are smuggled into Lebanon and sold as pets, but their lives are often short lived as incorrect diets and inappropriate housing often lead to their demise. Often those surviving end up living in terrible conditions in backyard cages or private zoos.

Without the hard work of Animals Lebanon his rescue would have not been possible.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and DRA Customs Clearing & Forwarding who assisted with the import free of charge.

Little Leo has been adopted by:

  • Elizabeth Elstob (FOR LIFE)
  • Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)
  • Helene de Koning-Steeman, Belgium (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Animals Lebanon (FOR LIFE)
  • Julie Mottishaw (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • George Gretton (FOR LIFE)
  • Marie Ljungqvist – Tempel Wines
  • Tania Brand
  • Eduard, Josephine & Julian Rikken
  • Andrea & Cristina Parmeggiani
  • Heather Butler
  • Jasmin, Mia & Ryleigh
  • Stephanie Kelly & David Dart
  • Felix Waller
  • Tracy & Paul Miller
  • Henry & Debbie Marks

Little Leo

Little Leo, found living on a 14th floor balcony in central Beirut, was successfully relocated to our sanctuary on 06-11-2011. Little Leo was born in August 2011.

Lebanon has no laws governing the keep of wild animals as pets and Little Leo is one of the lucky ones. Animals like lion and cheetah cubs are smuggled into Lebanon and sold as pets, but their lives are often short lived as incorrect diets and inappropriate housing often lead to their demise. Often those surviving end up living in terrible conditions in backyard cages or private zoos.

Without the hard work of Animals Lebanon and the generosity of Elizabeth Elstob, the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, DHL and Emirates Airlines, his rescue would have not been possible.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Ena has been adopted by:

  • Claire Jooste (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Brenda, Janis & Lauren Penny (FOR LIFE)
  • Elizabeth Elstob (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Senka & Tim Daniels (FOR LIFE)
  • Paques Donald (FOR LIFE)
  • Thomas & Klaudia Duif
  • Chloe & Homer Constantinides
  • PETA _ Germany
  • Porky & Estelle Burger
  • Michael Brearley (AU)
  • Vlak – Cipolle Family
  • Jeanine Grobbelaar
  • Louisa & Ulrich
  • Rachid Djellal

Ena

Ena was born in January 2010 and arrived at the sanctuary on 24-06-2010.

Ena was confiscated from a French circus where she was kept in horrific conditions and was discovered hidden underneath a circus horse trailer in a wooden box, where she had been kept prisoner for most of her short life.

Her rescue was made possible by the following organizations: Foundation Assistance Aux Animaux and the Bridget Bardot Foundation.

We are also most grateful to Elizabeth Elstob, who generously sponsored the construction costs of Ena's enclosure.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Brutus has been adopted by:

  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Tess Barbey-Stucki (FOR LIFE)
  • Janis & Lauren Penny
  • David Berndt
  • Hugh McDonald and friends
  • Sarina Rousseau
  • Nouveau Kollege, Vredendal
  • Christine Brearley (AU)
  • Cowley Family
  • Beat Mueller Netsolar
  • Michelle & Donnalynn Roberts
  • William Haw
  • Hugo & Gabi

Nala has been adopted by:

  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Janis & Lauren Penny
  • Lara, Elia & Vassili Verrecchia
  • Chrissy Huck
  • David & Eriko Oei
  • Julia Wiesenhofer
  • Alan & Elaine Lasko
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.2
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • Mel Chiert
  • Kat McFadden
  • Michelle & Donnalynn Roberts
  • Florence Waller

Brutus & Nala

Brutus (male) and Nala (female) were born on 24-01-2010 and arrived at the sanctuary on 06-04-2010.

These two white lion cubs were donated to the sanctuary, where they will remain for life and not be used for breeding.

We cannot disclose any information about their origin at this time as such disclosure may affect plans to relocate other lions to our sanctuary.

White Lions

  • White lions are technically extinct in the wild.
  • White lions are not albinos, but rather a genetic rarity.
  • White lions have been ruthlessly exploited by the captive breeding industry and intensively inbred to produce victims for canned hunting.

 

Brutus has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Elizabeth Elstob (FOR LIFE)
  • Brenda Penny (FOR LIFE)
  • Andrée Thonnon (FOR LIFE)
  • Camilla Legh (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Derek & Susan Rankine (FOR LIFE)
  • Ute Kranich and Alexander Spross (FOR LIFE)
  • In memory of Mick & Win Tingle (FOR LIFE)
  • Kay Williams (FOR LIFE)
  • Paques Donald (FOR LIFE)
  • Clifford Partitioning, Surrey, UK (FOR LIFE)
  • Caz & Graeme (UK)
  • Jeanne & Ian Bathgate
  • Porky & Estelle Burger
  • Alan & Gaynor Castle
  • Hugh McDonald and friends
  • Dave & Nikki Philpot
  • Lantto Family
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.6
  • Peter Ballard
  • African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
  • Tessa & Luigi Napoli
  • Michele & Andrew Burbidge
  • Oxford Team
  • Katy, Gemma & Joe Gillespie

Brutus

Brutus was born in approximately 2002 and arrived at the sanctuary on 19-03-2010.

Brutus was confiscated from a French circus. He had been brutally declawed and was so severely beaten when younger that his jaw was broken and never reset! This has resulted in permanent disfigurement.

His rescue was made possible by the following organizations: Foundation Assistance Aux Animaux, Natuurhulpcentrum (Belgium) and the Bridget Bardot Foundation.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Ares has been adopted by:

  • Finlay Elliott (FOR LIFE)
  • Nick & Elena Yianni (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Greg Jooste (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • James Greaves (FOR LIFE)
  • Patience Skelton
  • Linda & Colin (UK)
  • Karen Jones
  • David, Karin & Kiara Coro
  • G1 Racing Green
  • Susan & Scott McGregor
  • Alexander Spross & Ute Kranich
  • Engela Steyn
  • Sheethal Ramsunder
  • Terry Pringle
  • Katharina Mueller
  • Erica & Oscar Persson
  • Carol Teri
  • Richard & Tina White

Ares

Ares was found starving and sick with a severe eye infection, in a travelling French circus. After being rescued from the appalling conditions and 10 months of veterinary treatment to get him strong enough to travel, Ares finally arrived at the sanctuary on 10-02-2010. Ares was born in 2007.

His rescue was made possible by the following sponsors:

Refuge De Le Arche, Foundation Assistance Aux Animaux and Nick Yianni.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Dodo has been adopted by:

  • Isabel, Marcus and Katie Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Elena Christofides (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Valeria Risoli & Edward Kuhn (FOR LIFE)
  • Linda & Jacques Donald (FOR LIFE)
  • Mandy Tregoning (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • George Gretton (FOR LIFE)
  • Marco, Natasja, Joshua & Luca Ferreira
  • Yvonne Taylor
  • Porky & Estelle Burger
  • Jane Cooper
  • In Memory of John Wilson
  • Anne & Edith
  • Eduard, Josephine & Julian Rikken
  • Susan Craig in memory of ‘Georgie’
  • Ray Dalcher
  • Johann Du Preez
  • Cowley Family
  • Amanda Mosner
  • Nuri Grobbelaar
  • Jay & Arran Butler
  • David Manicum
  • Shirley Hayes
  • Neil Moss

     

Dodo

Dodo was born in approximately 2001 and arrived at the sanctuary on 23-12-2009.

Dodo was an unfortunate victim of the illegal pet trade in Eastern Europe. He spent his entire life imprisoned underground in a concrete pit! Grey walls and the rusted steel bars above his head were all that Dodo had seen his entire life!

In winter his jail filled with snow while temperatures dropped to minus 20!

His rescue was made possible by the following organisations: SOS Dogs Romania and Hundehilfe.

Special thanks to the following donors: The Jarvis Family & Avi Sivan.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Aneta and Suzanna arrived at the sanctuary late afternoon on 10-12-2009. Aneta was born in April 2008, while Suzanna was born in August 2008.

The two lionesses come from an impoverished Romanian zoo where a multitude of lions are crammed into small 4 x 4 meter concrete jails.

Their rescue was made possible by the following sponsors:

SOS Dogs Romania and Hundehilfe.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Aneta has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Malin Kreitz Winqvist (FOR LIFE)
  • Katie, Marcus & Layla Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Phil Herbst & Carol Barata
  • Pinelands High School Interact Charity Club
  • Ruben Haberli & Co.
  • Diane Massenet

Suzanna has been adopted by:

  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Holger Franzl
  • Alan Munro - Cornwall, UK
  • Derek & Susan Rankine
  • Sam, Alice & Annie Walker + Cedric Butler
  • Shaun & Jolanda
  • Elvira (Russia)
  • Mark Steyn

Gaucho has been adopted by:

  • Nina & Kim Olav Fjeldheim (FOR LIFE)
  • van Wyngaardt Family (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Anja Vaillant Passepartout Fotografie (FOR LIFE)
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  • Shiloh van Dalen
  • "Live Free" - Susan & Scott McGregor
  • Tania Brand
  • Caroline Slotboom
  • Joachim Beltzner
  • Carmen Spisto & Ruby McDermott
  • Hennie Burger
  • Sigrid Verlinden
  • Meike Hartmann
  • Ania & Danie Lategan

Gaucho ('Huaso')

Gaucho spent most of his life jailed in a small barren circus trailer. He underwent brutal training and was found malnourished and living in appalling conditions. His paws had been mutilated when his claws were removed.

Gaucho was born in approximately 2003 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 27-10-2009.

Gaucho's rescue was made possible by SAG (the Chilean Agricultural Department). Gaucho was housed temporarily in Buin Zoo in Chile while awaiting his relocation.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Jack & Edina were born in May 2008 and Loti, King, Tony & Joy were born in July 2008

These six lions were rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania. Lion cubs sold into the pet trade in Romania are normally used as photographic props and lead a terrible existence. They are normally beaten, drugged, badly fed and often declawed and defanged! Often the cubs are kept in car boots! Most of the animals caught in this industry do not live for more than a year.

The six cubs arrived at the Sanctuary on 25-02-2009.

Their rescue was made possible by the following sponsors:

SOS Dogs Romania, Hundehilfe, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Their enclosures were sponsored by the The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust

Jack has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Sofia & Alexandros Uleman (FOR LIFE)
  • John & Jette Jane Asher (FOR LIFE)
  • Sonja & Erard Lombard
  • Corie Bussel & Jason Francis
  • Tiles & Tools Mosaic Centre
  • Daniela Ghiuro-Oradea
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.1
  • Gordon MCcrindle

Edina has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Simone Coulon (FOR LIFE)
  • Teri & John Haslam
  • Yoga & Pilates at Nirvana
  • Tiles & Tools Mosaic Centre
  • Daniela Ghiuro-Oradea
  • Eduard, Josephine & Julian Rikken
  • Alan & Gaynor Castle

Loti has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Willa Zanoff
  • Angelique Page
  • Amy Carter (UK)
  • Chris Brearley
  • Derek & Susan Rankine
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • In Memory of Lottie Clark
  • Fiona Graham
  • Amanda Evans

King has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Laila Kassem (FOR LIFE)
  • Wayne & Amber
  • David & Robyn Trimble
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.R

Tony has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Lord Anthony Fowler (FOR LIFE)
  • Janice Losos
  • Wayne & Amber
  • The Boucher Family
  • Sage, Madison, Ellen & Hannah
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.3
  • Towerbosch

Joy has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Alexandra Paulig (FOR LIFE)
  • Isabel Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Scanlen Family
  • Sinclair Family (Australia)
  • Terry Pringle
  • Nature Management CA First Years
  • RAW Naturally Nutritious
  • Elena & Muhamed
  • Oosthuizen Family
  • Cameron Roberts
  • Philipp Kofler
  • Dirk Uys & Janine van Zyl

Samson has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • George & Amanda Tsielepis (FOR LIFE)
  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • SA Venues - http://www.sa-venues.com/
  • Alan & Nicky Shadbolt
  • Pascal Lagesse
  • Sally & Stu Allister
  • Wim & Ida Eisses
  • Corie Bussel & Jason Francis
  • Ameer Jaggessar
  • Prowlers MC East Rand
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • Louis Ferdinand Lichte - Germany
  • Celinde Burger

Samson

Samson was born in approximately 2003 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 10/12/2008.

Samson was rescued from a French circus where he was kept in the most appalling conditions. He spent most of his life in solitary confinement jailed in a small circus trailer with barely enough room to move.

Samson's relocation was made possible by:

Refuge De Le Arche, Foundation Assistance Aux Animaux and Animal Travel Services (www.animal-travel.com/) who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Samson's enclosure was sponsored by the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

Ziyanda has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudy & Kathy van der Merwe (FOR LIFE)
  • Matt & Ace Sorum
  • Namibia Travel Connection & the Ribero-Fassbender Family - http://www.namibiatravel.com/
  • Mr & Mrs van Dalen
  • Esther Stet – Bijnen
  • Krister Lindgren
  • David & Eriko Oei
  • Otto Hellmer
  • Deirdre & David Roxburgh
  • Dan & Esther Bester
  • Gabriella Hammarlund & Brita Larsson

 

Ziyanda

This White Lion female was born on the 24/10/2008 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 03/11/2008.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of her relocation to us, as well as legal restrictions, we cannot disclose any details regarding their origin.

White Lions

  • White lions are technically extinct in the wild.
  • White lions are not albinos, but rather a genetic rarity.
  • White lions have been ruthlessly exploited by the captive breeding industry and intensively inbred to produce victims for canned hunting.

Drakenstein Lion Park’s white lions will not be used for commercial breeding; they have found sanctuary with us.

 

Goliath has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • The Kannans (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Pinelands High School Interact Charity Club
  • Lizette Johnstone
  • Shelley Mathews
  • Hodson Family UK
  • Christine Birtwisle

Simba has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Melda Polat (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Helene Jeanney-Wragge
  • Pinelands High School Interact Charity Club
  • Mitch & Tatum Clevely
  • Elke Bath

Ringo has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • VW Paarl Valley Motors Cricket Team (FOR LIFE)
  • Joe & Juliet Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Phil Herbst & Carol Barata
  • Pinelands High School Interact Charity Club
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.7

Goliath, Simba and Ringo

These three lions were born in a European circus. For most of their lives they would have been confined to a “beast wagon” with hardly enough room to move.
They would have undergone brutal and barbaric “training” and lived a miserable existence.

Fortunately for Goliath, Simba and Ringo, intervention saw them being confiscated from the circus and temporarily placed in a wildlife refuge, the Natuurhulpcentrum in Belgium.

Months of logistical planning took place before these three cubs could be successfully relocated to us.

On 13th February 2008, after a journey of almost 10 000 kilometers, the three lions safely arrived at the Sanctuary and for the first time they had freedom to roam outdoors.

Goliath and Simba were born in May 2007 and Ringo in August 2007.

This rescue was made possible because of the generosity of the following sponsors:

British Airways, The Animal Reception Centre (London), James Cargo Services, Animal Travel Services (Cape Town), Beauty Without Cruelty and Jeanne and Ian Bathgate.

Their enclosures were sponsored by the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

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Simba

Simba was born in approximately 1991. She arrived at the Sanctuary on 24 July 2003. She is currently housed on her own as we do not have a compatible lion to house her with. Simba is very aggressive towards humans and other lions.

Simba has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Effy Fountas (FOR LIFE)
  • Cheryl Davies-Crook (FOR LIFE)
  • Adendorff & Streeter Families (FOR LIFE)
  • Scott & Susan McGregor (FOR LIFE)
  • Yoga & Pilates at Nirvana
  • Helen Cavin
  • Derek & Susan Rankine
  • Alan & Gaynor Castle
  • Fish Hoek Primary School Gr.5
  • Christine Brearley
  • Francua & Carla
  • Ivan, Anna & Natasha
  • Louisa & Ulrich
  • Niamh, Ciara & Aine Morris
  • Cynthia Stewart
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Kiara has been adopted by:

  • Elena Christofides (FOR LIFE)
  • Jacqui (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Nanuska Beutels
  • Toni Brockhoven
  • Kate Tipper
  • Anna Twardzicki & Chris Taylor

Kovu has been adopted by:

  • Elena Christofides (FOR LIFE)
  • Sandy, Juliet & Bruce Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Louisa Buchholz
  • Janine Poezyn
  • Parkhome & Container Carriers
  • Anna Twardzicki & Chris Taylor

Kovu & Kiara

Kovu and Kiara were born at the Sanctuary on 26 April 2000, by accident rather than design. Chippy and Sassy are the parents. Because it was Sassy’s first litter and because she was hand raised, Sassy did not cope very well with motherhood. The cubs had to be removed from the enclosure at four days old and hand reared.

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Chumba has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Letica & Minette (FOR LIFE)
  • John Bathgate
  • In memory of Julia & Derrick D'Bras (FOR LIFE)
  • Maties PAW
  • Douglas & Mary Hacking

Mufasa has been adopted by:

  • Jannon (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • James Bathgate
  • Annene Fairbanks
  • Marina van Til
  • Sandra & Carsten
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • Mead Crew - UK
  • Casandra Chivu
  • Patrick Barrett

Chumba & Mufasa

Chumba and Mufasa were born on 30 November 1997 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 20 January 1999.

Chippy

Chippy was born on 16 June 1997 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 11 January 1999.

Chippy has been adopted by:

  • Lauren, Alysia & Nico Liveras (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Isabel & Katie Jarvis (FOR LIFE)
  • Elizabeth Dalcher
  • John & Joy Lockley
  • Rescue Dogs Europe (Netherlands)
  • Anna Twardzicki & Chris Taylor
  • Lilli Bron

 

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Bai

Bai was born in a Cameroon zoo on the 22nd November 2004. We were approached by the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund (a UK based animal welfare organization) and asked if we could mount a rescue operation to relocate her to our facility. Bai was not well and needed to be evacuated as soon as possible so that she could receive the care and veterinary attention she desperately needed. There was also very little chance that she would have any quality of life if she were eventually returned to the zoo in Cameroon. Because of the generosity of many donors we were able to evacuate Bai and bring her here. One of our staff had to fly to Cameroon and accompany her back. We arranged a seat for her on the plane, so that she could receive regular bottle feeds during the journey. Bai arrived at the Sanctuary on 17th January 2005. This rescue would not have been possible had it not been for the support of the following sponsors: The Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund, British Airways, Mark Scholtz & Family & Ester vd Merwe.

Bai has been adopted by:

  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Eva Schubertova (FOR LIFE)
  • Derek & Susan Rankine (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Clara Idenburg (FOR LIFE)
  • Marc & Debbie Conradie
  • Porky & Estelle Burger
  • Deirdre & David Roxburgh
  • Bill & Patricia Phillips
  • Carlien de Mos & Mara van der Schaaf
  • Rebecca Gibson

Shumba

Shumba was born on 04 January 2005 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 19th February 2005. Shumba was destined for a hunting farm, but due to our intervention will now live out his life in safety. Shumba has been paired with Bai and although it was not love at first sight, they are now inseparable.

Shumba has been adopted by:

  • Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)
  • Eva Schubertova (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • The Franken Family
  • Caz & Graeme (UK)
  • Deirdre & David Roxburgh
  • Azi & Kamy Badkobeh
  • Robbie Hopkins
  • Jon & Lisa Day
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Shyboy

Shyboy was born on 30 November 1997 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 20 January 1999.

Shyboy has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Radium Audio Ltd (FOR LIFE)
  • Caz & Graeme -UK (FOR LIFE)
  • Andrea, Charlotte, Daniel & Darren Baxter (FOR LIFE)
  • In memory of Louis Steyn
  • Ramnas Hotel & Konferens AB Sweden
  • Alison Levy
  • Christine Brearley (AU)
  • Johan & Maretha van Vuuren
  • Mariana Sampaio

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Madam

Madam was born in December 1996. Madam arrived at the Sanctuary on 4 January 1999.

Madam has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Caz & Graeme (FOR LIFE)
  • Wim & Ida Eisses
  • Robyn & Eugene van der Meulen
  • Elvira (Russia)
  • Marianne Birrell Safaris
  • Jan & Alan Le Pelley

 

Sassy

Sassy was born in June 1997 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 4 January 1999. Sassy lives with Leo and Madam and because of her strong personality, rules the roost!

Sassy has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Georgia and Mark Jacobs (FOR LIFE)
  • Michel-Paul "Bacu" Lamkowski (FOR LIFE)
  • Donna Remmington
  • Juergen A. Hammersen & Bart America
  • Sarah Franklin
  • Marianne Birrell Safaris

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