Through mitigation, management, anti-poaching, wildlife rescues/relocations, security, professional handling & much more, this bold venture brings important, valuable security for both game reserves & wildlife management, including wild & captive animals which require protection with & through innovative conservation. Although their main mandate covers Rhino & Lion issues, all fauna & flora are taken into account.
One of the newest initiatives formed is the K9’s For Big Cats Initiative, which has been put in place to track & relocate at-risk Lions or other Big Cats that have found themselves on the wrong side of the fence so to speak, this is done by way of us using the skills of trained K9s in the field. The 3 K9 sisters, Charlie, Rogue & Misty are currently being trained on Lion specific scent. This initiative has already been called upon by various Nature Conservation & SAPS offices in Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State & North West to assist them in confirmation of tracks as well as to locate Lion in the various areas. Dealing with various organisations, we have come to realize that this service is much needed, not only in South Africa but throughout Africa.
Wild Lion numbers are on the decrease & we need to protect as many escapees as we can. Due to the lack of manpower & funding within Nature Conservation offices countrywide, the task they need to perform is a difficult one. What follows is a Lion on the loose that comes into contact with communities & either people are harassed or livestock killed which then makes the Lion a problem animal. Nature Conservation will then issue a permit for hunters to remove the animal.
We have offered communities as well as Nature Conservation a solution to a problem and it has been warmly welcomed.
Part of our mandate regarding this initiative is community education and awareness, engaging with them to find out exactly what their problems are & in turn trying to come up with solutions to help them. Involving them in the search is another way where they can feel like they are part of the solution & in turn, hopefully, a sense of pride & will to protect Africa’s most Iconic predator.