Working with wildlife management to safeguard wild big cats
Human-Wildlife conflict has seen devastating results for our big cats and as animal lovers, we realise this cannot continue.
Lions, Leopards and Cheetah have all fallen victim to this conflict, whether near villages or farms, local people and farmers must understandably protect their interests. However, we believe working in harmony with wildlife is critical in todays’ environment when we can ill-afford to lose any more iconic species – with this philosophy, we are able to mitigate and/or arrange interventions in such circumstances where there may be a “problem animal” such as a predators attacking livestock, or a cat having escaped a reserve boundary fence. Having a broader view to these “problem animals” means we can deal with situations effectively, keeping the animal alive and showing that these species are not necessarily a “problem”.
Due to the fact that managed wildlife reserves in South Africa are fenced, they have a carefully calculated carrying capacity for Lions. If these numbers are not monitored things can easily and quickly spiral out of control, causing harm to the rest of the eco-system. These reserves are under huge pressure to ethically and responsibly control wildlife numbers. Culling lions in particular, we believe and hope is a thing of the past. However, in order for these reserves to correctly maintain manageable numbers, an outlet is required to avoid the unnecessary killing of what are generally healthy animals – the Captured In Africa Foundation works hand in hand with these reserves and wildlife management, along with government authorities and seeks to facilitate relocations to other reserves or countries where the animals can continue living in a wild environment – thus avoiding a reserves’ need to cull.
The Captured In Africa Foundation oversees these relocations from beginning to completion.