This week we saw the re-opening of all our indoor areas at The Big cat Sanctuary. It was fantastic to see our guests enjoying the shelter and warmth of Heritage Lodge and sheltered areas.
One of the most impressive features of our restaurant is the fantastic view of the African Lion habitat. You can kick back and relax with delicious food and drink and watch our incredible male African Lion, Kasanga relax in the sun. In recent weeks, we have been developing the habitat so that Kasanga has more platforms to sleep on. One of these is positioned right by the conservatory windows and he is often spotted having an afternoon nap there.
We hope that by providing such unforgettable memories and close encounters with our big cats, we will help raise awareness for the challenges wild cats face. All our cats at the Sanctuary are ambassadors for their wild counterparts who experience the negative impacts of human interaction with the natural environment. Poaching, illegal wildlife trade, mass deforestation, and animal-human conflict, all play a massive role in the decline of wild cat populations. As a wildlife charity that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of cat species, we donate funds to UK and overseas organisations that are working in the field.
For example, we are partners with Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya who own protected land to keep lions and other African species safe from poachers. One of their conservation operations is to GPS collar lion prides. Ol Pejeta Conservancy specialists can then monitor the movement of the pride so they can learn more about an African lion’s behaviour and intervene if necessary. By learning as much as possible about African lions’ natural behaviours, Ol Pejeta Conservancy can then share the latest findings with other organisations, including The Big Cat Sanctuary. From these findings, we can furtherly educate the UK public and improve our knowledge of how we take care of our resident African lions. Moreover, Ol Pejeta Conservancy can also intervene if the wild lions require emergency healthcare or if there is a risk of poachers nearby. Every year, The Big Cat Sanctuary donates funds to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and has even sent out staff to assist in their conservation efforts.
By coming to the Sanctuary, donating to our charity, you are not only helping us achieve our conservation efforts but those across the world.