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Last weekend, my family took a short mini-break to Ukutula Conservation Centre in Brits, North West Province. At this centre they do research relating mainly lions and cheetahs in order to ensure the preservation of these wonderful animals going forward. The centre is doing artificial insemination of lionesses using sperm from African lions all over the world. This is to ensure a diversified gene pool and prevent genetic physical defects resulting from inbreeding. There is also a facility at the centre to store eggs and sperm from lions and other wild cats.
There are only 20,000 lions left in the wild in Africa and 50,000 is considered to be the minimum number to ensure the survival of a species. To add to the threats posed to lions in the wild from loss of habitat and poaching, the lion population in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is being further impacted by rising cases of tuberculosis. There is currently no cure and no preventative vaccination and Ukutula is one of the research centres working hard to change this position and protect our lion populations. You can read more about tuberculosis among lions here: https://www.awf.org/news/tuberculosis-imperils-lions-kruger-park
Here are a few pictures of some of the doors at the lodge.
It looks peaceful, but it isn’t.
You can hear the sounds of the bush here – Lion melody
As I mentioned, the centre is mainly for lions and cheetahs, but it also has a lot of rescue animals. These tigers are an example of rescues. Unfortunately, the tigers have limited space, but they are not natural to Africa and they are very unpredictable and aggressive. I wrote a poem about the tigers in my favourite 99-syllable form. It was one of 7 I wrote over the weekend.
Confessions of a tiger
Africa’s not my home
I don’t belong here
I was entertainment for a wealthy man
With no common sense
Who tired of me
I cannot be tamed
Or made to do tricks
I’m unreliable even when trained
If my instincts kick in
I will turn on you
At least he realised
I would never fit
He asked the sanctuary to collect me
It sees to all my needs
And I have a mate
By Robbie Cheadle
I also got to walk with the baby cheetahs.
I petted one for about 3 seconds
You can see the cheetahs walking here:
We saw three rescue baby leopards. This pictures is also through the links.
I filmed a baby leopard’s first encounter with a spider, so cute: