Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm offers a wealth of experiences and adventures for lovers of animals, the outdoors and nature!
For example, you can join us for a Farm Snooze on Saturday March 26 - Bring your camping equipment, drinks and food, and sleep under the stars to the sound of roars, purrs, and jackals calling.
Just R15.00 Per person.
Or you can send your youngster on an Adventure Camp from the 19th to 24th March. See our poster for details:
Check out our March Newsletter for all the information you need!
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It is with great pleasure that Zanchieta announces yet another successful release into the wild!
This time it is African Wild Cat, originally brought to Zanchieta by a concerned and thoughtful member of the public. At the time it arrived it was injured, and extremely stressed out by its capture.
After a few days of rehabilitation and tender care, the staff made arrangements for this member of a very threatened species to be released back into the wild, away from future possible harm, into the Soetdoring Nature Reserve outside Bloemfontein.
These success stories bring all involved much joy and we urge the public to continue to do the right thing when they come across any animal or bird which may be in need of attention and bring it into us at Zanchieta.
Well done to all parties involved!
|African Wild Cat in Rehab||Arriving at Soetdoring|
|On Her Way!||Running Free!|
|Beaming Zanchieta Volunteers who helped with the (easy) capture of a slightly nervous meerkat family|
|Arriving at Soetdoring Nature Reserve|
|Released into a brave new world!|
It was yet another great day for both the staff and the family of Meerkats at Zanchieta this week.
The family had been brought in by the authorities last year after being confiscated from some folk who had taken them in from the wild, hoping to keep them around their home as pets. Regrettably this illegal activity happens far too often in our country as we humans seem to have the crazy notion that wild animals can be kept and raised as domestics.
Many times these good intentions result in pain and suffering for the animals themselves.
Fortunately for the little family of five, the authorities were tipped off and being too small and habituated to humans for instant release, they brought them to Zanchieta to prepare them for their return to the wild.
This last week it was decided that their day of freedom had arrived and after arrangements were made with the local authorities, the family was boxed up in a suitable transport cage and driven out to Soetdoring Nature Reserve outside Bloemfontein, where they were released out into their natural habitat.
The area chosen for their new home was selected by the park ranger and was a perfect new site for the family to get settled. It was not long before they were all testing out new holes in the ground, digging for insects and running around with their tails up! After spending some time observing them settle in, the staff bade them farewell and returned to the farm. The little band of five were back where they came from and Zanchieta had achieved yet another successful mission.
Folks are reminded that it is against the law to keep wild animals in captivity without the required permits, and this includes snakes! The best thing to do if you come across any creature which is possibly injured or orphaned or in need of care, is to contact the specialists, who have the necessary experience, facilities and permits to rehabilitate them, with possible release back to the wild!
Quite at home already - exploring the new habitat
Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm has opened the excursions it normally runs for its volunteers to the general public!
These excursions include:
The Kruger Marloth Experience is a 5-day/4-night trek from Bloemfontein to the Kruger National Park, staying at Zanchieta's comfortable house in Marloth Park, a private residential conservancy on the southern banks of the Crocodile River (southern border of the Park).
An exciting road trip through three of South Africa's nine provinces - Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga - enjoying South Africa's huge variety and diversity of scenery, takes you to Marloth Park on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. The trip includes a Night Drive into the Kruger Park, as well as a full day excursion in the Park. Visits to the local shopping and souvenir outlets also aranged.
Spend a relaxing day viewing (and even feeding!) the variety of wild animals that wander in between the houses at Marloth - zebra, warthog, kudu, monkeys, giraffe and wildebeest. If you are lucky you will hear the lions roaring across the river in the Kruger at night.
We can even drop you off at the airport in Johanesburg on the way back if you need to catch a flight home!
Price: R5000 per person, includes travel, accommodation, dinner & breakfast, and entrance fees to Kruger. Drinks, snacks and optional activities for your own account.
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