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Besides our continual work in wildlife conservation, we are now taking on an immense long-term operation, facing two of the most heated and controversial topics in today’s conservation world.... Canned-Lion hunting and Rhino poaching.

Operation Freedom 2017:

We’ve identified various canned-lion hunting operations in South Africa, that house hundreds of lions, some with over 25 lions in camps of less than 50mx50m. The timing and urgency of the removal of these lions is paramount. After careful negotiations one of the facility owners, we have secured and agreement to purchase the lions, which we’ll be relocating to the Botswana Reserve.

Presently, we have secured a 4500ha reserve in Botswana, and we have an agreement with the landowner to allow the erection of 100ha camps to re-home lions into. We will group 7 lions per pride, and 1 pride per 100ha camp. The intention is not to release (as this has never proven to work with lions), but rather provide a semi-free roaming environment for the lions to live out their remaining years in. All male lions will be sterlised to avoid further breeding. Funding permitted, we aim to have all 100 lions relocated by the end of August 2017.

We are also moving rhino at risk (from poaching) to the same reserve in a series of relocations, as part of our Rhino Risk Prevention program. If you would like to get involved with these relocations, please look at our VOLUNTEER seciton for more info. 

 

The success of this model of practical conservation will be repeated with more facilities throughout South Africa!

 

We will be launching an extensive international campaign highlighting the operation, which will be well documented. We will be contacting educational institutions, volunteer organisations, companies and social media for fundraising. Our team and volunteers will be promoting the cause with posters, pamphlets, and extensive social media coverage. We will also organise events and contests to spread the word and raise necessary funding for long-term support.

To make this campaign successful, we are seeking initial financial support from organisations and individuals to enable the purchase, treatment and long-term care of the rhino and lions relocated. 

 

Just SOME of the costs involved with an operation of this scale:

Purchase of lions: We have an agreed price of R250 000 per young pride, and up to R300 000 PER fully grown male lion. The prices are determined by the value the facility owner can get for each lion of hunted. Generally the cubs’ value is less and males having the most value as hunter-trophies.

Medical, sterilization, ultrasound: R 21,000.00 (utilising our on-site Wildlife Vet)

Relocation by road to Botswana: R 50,000.00

100ha (250ac camp erection): R150,000.00

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