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Some more publicity for the good cause

In today’s local paper “Gooi-en Eemlander” (24/1/13) some more publicity for our Wild Cats World and Spotted Cats Conservation projects in the interview with founder/manager Babette de Jonge. Sorry, in Dutch again, but the basic message is what we are trying to tell here everyday: By raising awareness, education, conservation and by giving the cats the respect they deserve, in their natural habitat and in captivity, we are trying to do our fair share to make the world a better place for the wild cats species.

Oog Voor Zuid Afrika, nr. 2-2013

For the Dutch (and South African) readers: in the second “Oog Voor Zuid Afrika” magazine you can read this 2-paged interview with Babette de Jonge about Wild Cats World, Spotted Cats Conservation and her passion for the wild cats. From February 1st the magazine will be available in Holland in the better magazinestores like Ako, Bruna and Primera, but there’s also an on-line copy available. For that please go to the website www.oogvoorzuid-afrika.com.

SCC Caracal Project dedicated to late Nina

Like with every ending of an old and beginning of a new year one starts thinking about how the old year has been and what plans could be made for the year(s) to come. Lots of highlights in the year 2012, like the start of SPOTTED CATS CONSERVATION, a new project and partnership with Daniell Cheetah in SA and with this the realisation of many huge and great projects, like the leopardproject phase I (and relocation of ambassador leopards Feline and Felix), projects for black footed cats and servals, and the brandnew caracalproject dedicated to late caracal Nina. Also we were happy to be able to rescue lions Chuck and Norris out of the hands of the ugly Canned Hunting Business and to have found a sponsor to keep them at the project and to built a huge camp for them.

Like with every ending of an old and beginning of a new year one starts thinking about how the old year has been and what plans could be made for the year(s) to come. Lots of highlights in the year 2012, like the start of SPOTTED CATS CONSERVATION, a new project and partnership with Daniell Cheetah in SA and with this the realisation of many huge and great projects, like the leopardproject phase I (and relocation of ambassador leopards Feline and Felix), projects for black footed cats and servals, and the brandnew caracalproject dedicated to late caracal Nina. Also we were happy to be able to rescue lions Chuck and Norris out of the hands of the ugly Canned Hunting Business and to have found a sponsor to keep them at the project and to built a huge camp for them.

Then the release of the caracalbook, photography by me and Anton Buijen van Weelden (WCW), and lots of PR in magazines, papers, on radio and tv for the projects both in Holland and in SA. We are so grateful for all these things we achieved the past year, but unlike all happiness also great sadness and frustration marked this year, when we thought we were doing the right thing to start a cooperation with Stichting Leeuw at Landgoed Hoenderdaell/Netherlands. This cooperation ended because at this sanctuary they intentionally killed our young caracal Nina. Her arrival and friendship was one of the highlights of this year, but we went through wars having to lose her again because of this act of violence by horrible people. This was 2012.
Looking at 2013 we already have lots of new projects in mind. Leopard Project phase II will start early this year. The caracalproject will be officially opened in January, spreading Nina’s ashes at the spot, also we like to share the iniative for a future project for tigers, in which you really must all participate. A big scale fundraising will start but very transparent so that you all really feel you are taking part of this. Big plans to start a series of WCW/WCM books next year, combined with (all selftaken) pictures, stories and facts from both the catsspecies in their natural habitat but also our ambassador cats. Something to really look forward to. Will keep you all informed. Thanks to you all for the wonderful support and faith in us to do the best we can for the wild cats in the wild as well as in captivity!

-Babette de Jonge- Wild Cats World/Wild Cats Magazine