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Lehodimo Wildlife Sanctuary Approved!

The application for the Lehodimo Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre has been approved by the Conservation authorities and building operations will commence soon!

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Zanchieta to extend operations to include Wildlife Sanctuary & Rehabilitation Centre

cheetah 25Application has been made to the relevant authorities to expand the facilities at Zanchieta  Wildcat Farm, near Bloemfontein, to include a Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre. 

There is currently only one such facility in the Free State province, in Kroonstad, and to have a second one, close to the capital city of Bloemfontein, is very good news indeed.

The facility, to be called the Lehodimo Wildlife Sanctuary, will be developed on an adjacent piece of land to Zanchieta, a short walk from the current Wildcat Farm enclosures.

Many calls are received from the public who have found injured, ill or orphaned birds and mammals and want to bring them to the Wildcat Farm. Regrettably, due to a lack of the proper facility, not all these animals can be accommodated.

Zanchieta has now decided to expand the facilities at a separate location, where qualified staff and suitable hospital facilities will be available to care for these animals. Nature Conservation and other public organisations dealing with animal wellbeing will also have access to the centre should they require either medical facilities or any other services.

Besides this, the Sanctuary will also serve as an Educational outlet to the public in general, but specifically to the youth and schoolchildren of the area. Tours of the Wildcat Farm will continue, but the new facility will offer that extra opportunity to communicate directly with the public about a far wider variety of topics covering wildlife-human interactions.

At the Day's End . . .

wildcatfarm zanchieta end to everyday1It’s the end of the day, all the wild cats’ tummies are full and the sun is resting its head.
You can hear the whispers of baby chicks calling their moms, up in the tree tops where they are out of danger for the night.
You hear the cubs calling, ma ma ma, wanting to say goodnight.
The caracals chirp their last chirp and say: Resting time is over! Now it’s time to play.
The cheetahs are walking next to the fence like guards to see if everything is safe before they go to sleep.
The lions roar, saying goodnight, sweet dreams! Now the small spotted cats (vampire cats) are out of their rooms watching and stalking the small night life through their enclosure fence.
The owl is watching over everything, exploring for a snack - a mouse or something else coming out of its hole to forage. It is so peaceful. Good night, sleep tight, hoo hoo.
Up in our house, we have a clear view of all the enclosures. Goodnight our children, enjoy your night – see you again when the sun shows it’s head!!

This is how our day begins!

baby 04Rise and shine, and ready by seven, to start the first feeding in our nursery. The cubs are awake and excited to see their “mommies”.
At seven thirty it's breakfast for us and all the volunteers, and now our day really starts. It is off to our toddlers at eight to see how they are doing and to give them their breakfast.
Our usual duties start after the toddlers and say good morning to all the adult animals.
Clean all the enclosures, big boy and gal lions, cheeky cheetahs, elegant servals, and don't forget claws and jaws caracals. Give them fresh water and a little love and attention before the morning ends.
This is why we call it therapy and not just an every day job!

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