The release of two captive bred male cheetahs close to an airforce base is proving to be a successful combination for all concerned. The males are bonded and will hunt together. The purpose of the release close to an airstrip is an innovative idea to keep other small animals from causing problems for planes landing and taking off. The cheetahs will naturally predate small animals keeping it clear and safe from potential accidents. What a wonderful idea it is, again proving how much we can gain from working with animals not against them. It also proves that captive bred cheetahs are quite capable of learning to hunt for themselves so gives much hope for plans to release more into the wild to bolster the number of this very vulnerable species.
When I read about the Syrian man who chose to stay in the face of catastrophic devastation of his homeland to care for 150 stray cats my heart glowed. If only there were more like him. This guy could flee like so many others but chooses to stay in a ravaged country to care for cats. Almost certainly there would be critics asking why he doesn't turn his attention to so called more worthy causes but I for one applaud his courage in staying out of concern for the cats he's grown to love. Good on him to think the cats are just as worthy and needy as any human being.
One of the rarest of all cats, a white lion in a large pride was sighted by guides in Kruger, so the search was on to film this amazing animal. Only 13 exist in the wild so they are one of the most critically endangered of all big cats. In tracking them guides and photographers found two, one very young and one that appeared to be 6 - 8 months old in a very large pride. What an experience to see such a rare animal. The vast majority of white lions exist in captivity so it was sad to know that one didn't make it. So many threats face young lions in their journey to adulthood so I hope the other one gets the chance to grow up and become the magnificent big male he has every right to be.
Prince Harry has been putting his face and weight behind the massive efforts to save rhinos from poaching. Good on you Harry for your contribution. Famous people have incredible influence and it wonderful to see one with such a high profile using his position for such a worthy cause as this. Let us all hope it makes a difference to this horrible situation. It's not only the adult that dies for it's horn, if it's a mother with a baby it is often dies too because it won't leave it's mother. Sometimes they get rescued and taken into care but often they perish alongside their mother which is a truly heartrenching reality and such a waste of a precious animals life. Keep up the good work Harry.