Tiger Breeding Facilities – Part 2 – North-West Province

Exposing Tiger Breeding Facilities in South Africa is a very special topic, as the industry is completely unregulated in South Africa, and of course, growing daily. Ban Animal Trading and the EMS Foundation compiled a long list (that we are very thankful for) with regard to facilities/individuals keeping Asian Tigers in captivity in South Africa. This is part 2 of this list. Part 1 containing facilities in Gauteng and Limpopo is to be found HERE. However, there are many more facilities breeding Tigers.

Critically endangered tigers, seeing that  they are ‘functionally extinct’ in China, are now offered by several South African hunting businesses. Since tigers are primarily defined as an exotic species in South Africa, the captive breeding, trading and hunting of this CITES Appendix I species is compelety unregulated in South Africa, with an estimated 60 mostly unlicensed tiger breeders, including several backyard breeders in Gauteng.

 

NORTH WEST PROVINCE

KUDU’S RUS GAME LODGE AND PREDATOR PARK

TIGERS (BENGAL)
PORTION 19 OF 1 PLAAS
WATERVAL
RUSTENBURG
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
PROBABLY BREEDS LARGE NUMBERS OF TIGERS.

Kudu’s Rus is a privately owned game lodge, managed and owned by Mr. Francois Greeff.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/KudusRus/

http://www.kudusrus.co.za/index.php/gallery
They supply canned hunting. Tigers are exotic animals in South Africa, and, as a matter of fact, no permit is required to keep or hunt them in most provinces in South Africa. This means, that noone has an idea whether tigers are being hunted at Kudu’s Rus or not.
They offer also a volunteer program –
http://www.kudusrus.co.za/index.php/component/k2/item/8-volunteer-programme

A western Sydney family almost lost her daughter

Family reliving the trauma of almost losing their daughter Neha in the lion attack at Kudu’s Rus Game Lodge and Predator Park outside Johannesburg – https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/travel/travel-news/lion-attack-5-lions-maulsydney-teenager-in-a-south-african-game-reserve-as-family-warns-tourists-ofdanger/news-story/78d70c4091cb5969e0b06a1239f2e3f6

THE LAKE PREDATOR PARK – PROBABLY CLOSED

TIGERS (WHITE, BENGAL) PLOT 90 DE RUST
SKEERPOORT
R512
SAME ROAD AS PECANWOOD GOLF ESTATE
+27 82 376 0549
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
BREEDS TIGERS FOR TRADE.

The Lake Predator Park is a privately owned zoo and breeding facility.
Owner: Ms. Brenda Roth.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lake-Predator-Park-Lodge/812331708926587
Website and Facebook page have been deleted.

Google Maps states that the Park is closed.

AKWAABA LODGE AND PREDATOR PARK

TIGERS (SIBERIAN)
KOSTER ROAD
DOORNLAAGTE
RUSTENBURG
+27(0)71 731 7103
+27(0)83 282 9786
info@akwaabalodge.co.za
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
SELLS TIGERS CUBS IN SOUTH AFRICA TO INDIVIDUALS ALSO OFFERS TIGERS CUBS TO INDIVIDUALS TO RAISE, AND THEN TAKES THEM BACK INTO THE BREEDING FACILITY.
TIGERS DISAPPEAR.
OFFERS TIGER CUB PETTING.
KNOWN HUNTING FACILITY.

Akwaaba Lodge & Predator Park is a privately owned predator breeding and hunting facility.
Owner: Mr. Nazeer Cajee

http://www.akwaabalodge.co.za/cp/21790/our-vision-amp-mission

https://www.facebook.com/akwaabalodgeandpark/

More information about Akwaaba https://captivelionrescue.com/akwaaba-lodge-predator-park

BONA BONA GAME LODGE/GAME BREEDERS

TIGERS
SITUATED 50KM SOUTH-WEST OF
KLERKSDORP (27°1‘12’‘S and
26°13’45’’E), ADJACENT TO THE N12
TREASURE ROUTE IN THE
DIRECTION OF WOLMARANSSTAD
27(0)18 451 1188
071 674 9969 / 072 908 5730
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.

Bona Bona Game Lodge is a privately owned predator breeding facility
Owner: Pieter Ernst
http://www.bonabona.co.za/
http://www.bonabona.co.za/activities/    
(Predator Experience – Educational Walk)

Bona Bona, is, same as Klein Buisfontein, member of the Xtreme Wildlife group

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Hotel_Review-g7287888-d4547944-ReviewsBona_Bona_Game_LodgeWolmaransstad_North_West_Province.html#photos;aggregationId=&albumid=107&filter=7

More information about Bona Bona https://captivelionrescue.com/bona-bona

 

KLEIN BUISFONTEIN RANCH

TIGERS (WHITE, BENGAL)
2570 HARTBEESFONTEIN
26°51’46.9″S 26°40’14.7″E
083 306 0125
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
ALWAYS HAS TIGER CUBS AVAILABLE.
SELLS ADULT TIGERS AND TIGERS CUBS TO THE PUBLIC AND HUNTING FACILITIES.

Klein Buisfontein is a privately owned wildlife breeding facility.
Owners: Colin & Marisa Engelbrecht.
http://www.kleinbuisfontein.co.za/about-us/      https://www.facebook.com/kleinbuisfonteinranch/

(Klein Buisfontein Ranch has “a commitment” to the improvement and diversity of genetics in their breeding herds. Endangered predators include: Leopard, Jaguar, Cheetah, White lion, Bengal Tigers,…)

More information about Klein Buisfontein

Klein Buisfontein is, like BonaBona, member of the Xtreme Wildlife group

Facilities Breeding Tigers in South Africa


VOI LODGE – DKC TRADING

TIGERS
RENOSTERHOEK
KLERKSDORP
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT A CITES REGISTERED TIGER BREEDING FACILITY.
EXPORTS TIGERS TO VIETNAM (VINPEARL SAFARI PARK).
EVEDENTLY LINKED TO CRIMINAL SYNDICATES IN VIETNAM.

Voi Lodge/DKC Trading is a private breeding facility for tigers and rhinos
Owner: Michael Chu/Chu Dang Kua.
According to a 2015 Report (Bones of Contention) they have more than 50 tigers.

http://killingforprofit.com/tag/voi-lodge/

Rhinos killed for profit!

In December 2016, it was reported that five rhinos had been shot in a boma, while awaiting export to Vietnam. The boma was on a farm owned by a purported Vietnamese rhino horn syndicate operating under the name DKC Trading and headed up by Michael Chu. Tigers have also been canned hunted at the farm, and it has been alleged that their bones may have been exported as “lion bones.
https://conservationaction.co.za/media-articles/tigers-being-bred-in-gauteng-backyards-for-petting-and-bone-export/
Numerous other high-profile individuals come up in the reports: diamond tycoon Michael Chu, aka Chu Đăng Khoa; key player in the Vietnamese zoo Vinpearl Safari’s attempts to purchase white rhino, and head honcho at DKC Trading, which owns a 924ha farm in South Africa’s North West Province – where up to
50 tigers and several
lions are kept in captivity, and at least three rhino hunts have taken place. “Aside from Chu Đăng Khoa, a number of key individuals linked to DKC Trading and Voi Lodge participated in alleged pseudo-hunts,” writes Rademeyer. A guide working at Voi Lodge vehemently denied the allegation.

https://captivelionrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/The-Lions-Share-FINAL.pdf

A Vietnamese businessman in South Africa, Chu Dang Khoa (also known as Michael Chu), was convicted in South Africa for rhino poaching and illegal possession of rhino horn. His company, DKC, owns Voi Game Lodge in North West Province, which is reported to have 50 tigers, with evidence of at least one tiger being killed in November 2013. Allegations have been made that bones obtained from captive tigers from this facility have been fraudulently exported as lion bones.

More about Voi Lodge DKC Trading


LION AND TIGER PARK AT CHAMELEON VILLAGE

TIGERS (WHITE BENGAL)
CHAMELEON VILLAGE
DAMDORYN
HARTBEESPOORTDAM
S 25 43 35.5 E 27 49 35.5
+27 73 183 1795
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS – AT LEAST 2
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES TIGER BREEDING FACILITY.
HAS A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF TIGER CUBS.
OFFER TIGER CUB PETTING.

The Lion and Tiger Park at Chameleon Village is a privately owned zoo and breeding
facility.
https://www.facebook.com/chameleonlionpark/
http://chameleonvillage.co.za/project/lion-tiger-park/

More about Chameleon Lion Park – Hartebeespoort

 

HARTBEESPOORT DAM SNAKE AND ANIMAL PARK

TIGERS
1 SCOTT STREET
HARTBEESPOORTDAM
0216
1
20°40’69″S -27°51’6″E
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
1978 – OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS – AT LEAST 2

Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park is a privately owned zoo and breeding
facility.
Owner: Mr. Jack Seal
http://www.hartbeespoortsnakeanimalpark.co.za/attractions/education.html
https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attraction_Review-g780944-d2718414-Reviews-Hartbeespoort_Dam_Snake_and_Animal_Park-Hartbeespoort_Madibeng_North_West_Provinc.html

Read more about the Hartbeespoort Dam – Snake and Animal Park

Tiger Breeding Facilities - UKUTULA

UKUTULA LODGE

TIGERS (BENGAL)
PORTION 26 OF THE FARM
KLIPKOP
JQ 411
BRITS
0250
+12 254 4780
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
2006 – OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES TIGER BREEDING FACILITY.
HAS A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF TIGER CUBS.
OFFERS TIGER CUB PETTING.

Ukutula Lodge is privately owned and indeed one of the badest breeding facilities in South Africa.
UKUTULA Lion Park & Lodge – Breeding intensively and selling probably to intermediaries. The lions start disappearing from Ukutula when they are 2-3 years old and they can no longer be used for “walks” and the owners refuses to disclose the buyers.
This facility has been inspected by Animal Welfare Organisations for alledged animal cruelty.
Ukutula is undoubtedly one of the most ugliest facilities or even THE ugliest (at least that we know about) in South Africa.
Owner: Mr. Willi Jacobs

http://lodge.ukutula.co.za/ukutula/schools/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g2205639-d2197370-i73560112-Ukutula_Lion_Park-Brits_North_West_Province.html

https://africageographic.com/blog/truth-volunteering-lions/

https://za.pinterest.com/pin/556053885212870610/

More about UKUTULA


RAJAN’S PREDATOR CAMP

TIGERS
GROOT MARICO
2850
+27 71 895 1321
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT A CITES REGISTERED
FACILITY FOR TIGER BREEDING.
EXPORTS TIGERS INTERNATIONALLY.

Rajan’s Predator Camp is a privately owned zoo.
Owner: Mr. Baboo Rajan
http://www.grootmaricotourism.co.za/rajans-predator-camp-marico/

 

JABULA BIG CAT SANCTUARY

TIGERS (SIBERIAN)
PORTION 68
FARM ZANDFONTEIN
BOONS
RUSTENBURG
+27 72 982 4003
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS – AT LEAST 2
Owner Craig Busch is accused of animal cruelty, convicted at least on two charges of assaulting his former partner, unlawfully retaining property etc.

Privately owned facility.
Owner: Mr. Craig Busch.
http://www.jabula.tv/index.html

http://www.jabula.tv/cats.html

http://zoonewsdigest.blogspot.co.za/2016/09/zoo-news-digest-19th-september-2016.html

More about Jabula Big Cat Sanctuary

Facilities Breeding Tigers - Cub Feeding


PREDATOR WORLD

TIGERS (BENGAL)
R55 SOUTH VILLAGE
0316
HARTBEESPOORT DAM
+27 14 552 6900
+27 76 817 6869
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN

http://www.predatorworld.co.za

Read more about Predator World near Pilanesberg

 

PREDATORS PRIDE

TIGERS
HARTBEESPOORT R 104
PLOT 389
0216
HARTBEESPOORT
+27 82 201 0493
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT A CITES REGISTERED
BREEDING FACILITY FOR ASIAN BIG CATS.


Read all about Predators Pride HERE

GLEN AFRIC

TIGERS
144 R512
BROEDERSTROOM
HARTBEESPOORT
0240
+27 82 781 2597
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
OPEN
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
NOT A CITES REGISTERED
BREEDING FACILITY FOR ASIAN BIG CATS.

The Glen Afric Nature Reserve is situated only 20 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Johannesburg. They offer cub petting (when the cubs are small) and walks with lions. In the past they “rented” two white lion cubs, and obviously returned them to the breeder and the whereabouts of those two lions is unknown
https://www.facebook.com/pg/GlenAfricVolunteerExperienceGave/photos/?ref=page_internal

Read more about Glen Africa HERE

Facilities Breeding Tigers – Part 1