Five lion cubs that were neglected in Ukraine in 2019 are heading to a new home in the Western Cape. According to Good Things Guy, in November 2019 Jacaranda FM’s breakfast team, “Good Morning Angels” helped to relocate the five lion cubs, from the harsh conditions in Ukraine to the Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary in the NorthWest.
Sanctuary Founder Jurg Olsen has been taking in captive wildlife for some time now and under the care of the Ubuntu team, the Ukrainian five as they are known have regained their strength and have grown in their new environment. However, their sanctuary has been leasing its land and had to relocate due to the owners intent to relaunch their private hunting business. They were then able to find a haven in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, after an investor bought a 1650 hectare parcel of land, donating it to the sanctuary.
The sanctuary operates as a non-profit and needed a helping hand to get the rescued lion cubs, the seven other lions and two tigers from North West to Western Cape. Meanwhile, Jacaranda FM’s breakfast team has again come to the sanctuary’s rescue, helping them to cover the costs of transporting the animals to their new home. The land borders, a Cape Nature Reserve, makes a perfect permanent home for any wildlife sanctuary.
Environment Minister Barbara Creecy indicated at the beginning of May that there were plans to prohibit the breeding of captive lions for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet. According to Creecy, the intention is to ensure that those who are interested in authentic wildlife hunting, will have such an experience and “will not be hunting animals that have been taken out of the cage,” she said.