UPDATE: 6th September 2012
WE DID IT!!!!!
The “Save Our Lions” campaign is now officially over and we managed to raise a total of $20,653 so a big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. Of this total, $5,653 was made up of single donations ranging from $1 right through to $250. I also estimate that SanWild recieved an additional $1,500 – $2,000 through this campaign in direct donations via the SanWild website and Paypal. From the single $10,000 donation recieved, the cost of 4 return flights from Portland, Oregon to Johannesburg needs to be deducted and ground transportation costs from OR Tambo airport to SanWild and back. The same applies with the $5000 donation with the exception that this is for 2 flights from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Johannesburg.
I will be contacting all donors who qualified for the SanWild T-Shirt and 2013 Calendar prior to month end with a request for T-shirt sizes and to give thm an estimated delivery time.
It’s been an adventure to say the least with many twists and turns along the way. Some laughter, some headaches too but at the end of the day, well worth it as we accomplished what we set out to do.
On behalf of Sanwild, Louise and I – Many thank you’s for taking part and making this posssible.
P.S if any of you have any contacts in the airline industry that may be able to help in getting discount flights for us then please contact me directly. Thank you!
Hi, I'm Shane!
I'm just a normal guy (debatable by some I know ha ha!) who wants to help someone who is desperately in need of funding to keep her Lions alive. I have lived in Africa most of my life and my heart remains there. Please help if you can as any amount will help.
You can contribute from as little as just $1
The SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife reserve that spans 6000 hectares. This stunning wildlife reserve is home to more than 5500 rescued wild animals of all species including elephants, lions, giraffe, leopards and many others.
UPDATE 01/08/2012: Thank you all for your generous support so far but please remember to keep sharing. To feed the 16 lions costs around $5,000 per month as each lion consumes about 150 Kilograms of meat per month at a cost of $300 per month. I’m hoping we can raise enough funding to carry them for several months until a new corporate sponsorship deal is secured. Something I am working on as I type. Please, please keep sharing!http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151152974839810&set=a.164879329809.149558.678604809&type=1&theater¬if_t=like
"Sixteen lions on a South African game reserve are facing death because of a shortage of funds to feed them, it emerged today.
The SanWild sanctuary, in Limpopo province, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to save the three prides of 14 adults and two cubs.
Officials have warned that if the sanctuary cannot meet the 45,000 rand (£4,000) monthly cost of meat to keep the lions healthy it will be forced to have them put down them ‑ possibly as soon as next month.
"The situation on the ground for our lions is dire and, unless we can urgently find sponsorship, the lions will have to be put down," Louise Joubert, founder trustee of SanWild, said. "We find ourselves in a difficult situation. We can't allow them to start starving. We would rather euthanise them than let them end up as a trophy on some hunter's wall."
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SanWild Lion Sanctuary at risk of closing down
While more and more reports of deliberate lion killings surface in South Africa a small animal welfare charity may have to be forced to shut down their lion sanctuary that has been operational since 2003 when conservation authorities confiscated some lion from South Africa’s infamous canned lion breeding and hunting industry as a result of dwindling donor funding and increased expenditure.
The SanWild Lion Sanctuary funded by mainly international donor funding has been home to a number of rescued lion that are held in large natural habitat enclosures in their respective prides.
The SanWild Wildlife Trust spend approximately R500 000 per year on food for the lions, but in the last year has battled to raise sufficient funding to continue the operation. Despite repeated local and international funding appeals no long term sponsorship could be secured. One of the sanctuaries main international animal welfare organisation donors have also cut funding to the lion sanctuary with 30% and this has put even more pressure on the small organisation to operate effectively.
Louise Joubert, founder trustee of the SanWild Wildlife Trust said that they have reached a point where they are simply no longer in a financial position to fund the lion’s upkeep and feeding from other sources and that the reality of the closure of the lions sanctuary is a very harsh reality unless long-term sponsorship can urgently be found. The only other alternative that can secure the 16 lions future is to find at least 16 local adoptive foster parents or companies that would be willing to take on the monthly expenses of feeding individual lions in order to use the tax benefit they will get in South Africa. All the lions were confiscated from illegal breeding projects or intended hunts.
South Africa’s reputation as a conservation leader continues to be tarnished by the captive lion breeding and hunting industry that now also supplies the bones of lions that have either been shot or deliberately euthanized to East Asian markets where the bones are in high demand for amongst other uses the manufacture of “lion wine” – a substitute for “tiger wine”. The constant forced removal of captive bred lion cubs continues unchallenged by the conservation authorities to ensure a rapidly growing “volunteer” or “walk with lions” tourism industry.
SanWild has appealed to potential private foster parents, donors and corporate sponsors to urgently help them deal with the immediate financial challenge to ensure that a bona fide lion sanctuary is not forced to shut down its operation which will inevitably result in the SanWild lions facing a very bleak and questionable future.
CONTACT PERSON: Louise Joubert, email firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +27(0)15-3839958, +27(0)833103882
SanWild on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/SanWild-Wildlife-Sanctuary/163363760361196
SanWild FB Event:http://www.facebook.com/events/262609210520001/
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