Tiger Breeding Facilities – Part 4 – Kwazulu Natal – Western Cape – Mpumalanga
Exposing Tiger Breeding Facilities in South Africa is an exceptional topic, as the industry is completely unregulated in South Africa, and of course, growing daily. Ban Animal Trading and the EMS Foundation compiled a great report (that we are very thankful for) with regard to facilities/individuals keeping Asian Tigers in captivity in South Africa. This is part 3 of this list. Part 1 containing tiger breeding facilities in Gauteng and Limpopo is to be found HERE, and Part 2 containing tiger breeding facilities in the North West Province HERE and Part 3 containing tiger breeding facilities in the Eastern Cape and Free State HERE.
South Africa’s management practices and controls are totally inadequate for such facilities and as a consequence there is nothing to prevent Asian Big Cats from entering illegal trade from or through the breeding and keeping facilities in South Africa, including with regard to the disposal of specimens from Asian Big Cats that die in captivity. There are also a number of individuals in South Africa that are breeding and keeping Asian Big Cats in their backyards in city suburbs.
KWAZULU NATAL PROVINCE
Natal ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
LION PARK ROAD CAMPERDOWN PIETERMARITZBURG 3720
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN, BUT 1 LIGER
|NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
PROBABLY BREEDS LARGE NUMBERS OF TIGERS. EXPORTS LARGE NUMBERS OF TIGERS INTERNATIONALLY. ALSO SELLS TIGERS TO BESTER BIRDS AND ANIMAL ZOO FARM WHO THEN EXPORTS THE TIGERS
Natal Zoological Gardens is a private zoo, owned by Mr. Brian Boswell, who was also the owner of Brian Boswell’s Animal Circus (closed) and the Natal Lion Park cc (next to the zoo in Pietermaritzburg)
This week the storm around Boswell’s head grew when he admitted that not one, but six tigers had escaped and were then shot because of the danger they posed to staff and visitors
Nicholas May, who lives in the Mpushini Valley area, where the tiger made its way to, said the animal was spotted by a neighbour in her farm yesterday. He says the owners were called, and locals assumed the animal would be tranquilized. “They brought a shotgun and blasted the hell out of it… The animal has been in a cage, it was almost tame,” May said
Recent reports over alleged animal cruelty being an accepted practice as well as other animal welfare concerns at the Natal Zoological Gardens which is currently under the ownership and management of Mr Brian Boswell, require immediate investigation and if sustained, then urgent intervention
WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH
191 BARON VAN REEDE STREET
NUMBER OF TIGERS UNKNOWN
|NOT A REGISTERED CITES TIGER BREEDING FACILITY. ADVERTISES AS A BENGAL TIGER BREEDING PROGRAM. OFFERS TIGER AND LION CUB PETTING.|
Cango Wildlife Ranch is a privately owned captive breeding facility for tigers, lions and other wild species. Owners: Andrew & Glenn Erickson.
The other case you continue to refer to and which we have previously answered to is regarding Fareedah our tiger (who, we might add was NOT in-bred). We were requested by the SA government through the Department of Environmental Affairs to supply this Sheik, one of the UAE rulers. As with any of our animal transactions, this was authorised by CITES as well as the Dep of Nature Conservation so he obviously would have therefore met all the necessary requirements. As far as our tigers are concerned, none of our tiger breeding has ever been inbred.
We breed specifically with endangered animals from around the world (at our breeding centre across the road) whilst using specific ambassador animals on the Ranch itself to create awareness amongst the many tourists, including school groups that visit us. Our animals do not “disappear” across the road and any of our volunteers and staff can tell you this. We do not actively breed tigers however if we have specific requests for them and the applicant meets with all of the CITES and Nature Conservation requirements, then we would consider it. Not all tigers are in-bred by any means and ours certainly are not! We love all tigers, white or not and feel they also have the right to live!
Two breeding projects have been started, within months of each other, by the Cango Wildlife Ranch outside Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo and in Mpumalanga by film-maker John Varty. Two white Bengal tigers were brought to the Cango ranch late last year. Cher and Khan are captive bred cubs from the national zoo in Nashville, Tennessee. Ranch manager Rob Hall said they were hoping the tigers would start breeding by the age of four
Three white tiger cubs with blue eyes and chocolate-brown stripes were born at a South African wildlife ranch last on Wednesday, the first such cubs to be born in Africa, which has no indigenous tigers, the Star newspaper reported Monday.
GEORGE WILDLIFE ANIMAL PARK
N2, KRAAIBOSCH GEORGE 2016
JUST BEFORE VICTORIA BAY TURN-OFF
+27 44 889 0007
NUMBER OF TIGERS -2
|NOT REGISTERED AS A CITES BREEDING FACILITY FOR TIGERS.
Owners: Mr. J. P. Kameel & Ms. E. van der Gryp.
Mr. Kameel says that all the cats are under one year old, and he bought them from Letsatsi la Africa in the North West, which is “a predator park that breeds and sells to other parks all over the world” according to Kameel. When asked how it’s possible that he is not allowed to breed the animals but Letsatsi la Africa is allowed to breed, he says that “different provinces have different rules for breeding”.
Cradle of Life
+27 82 452 3444 / +27 82 345 1924
NUMBER OF TIGERS – AT LEAST 5
|NOT A CITES REGISTERED FACILITY FOR ASIAN BIG CATS
The most impressive array of earthly animal species, exotic and indigenous, have been gathered together at the Cradle of Life. These include white lions, tigers, jaguars, pumas, leopards, cheetahs, Siberian wolves, hyenas and meerkats.
UNKNOWN BREEDERS SELLING TIGER CUBS
The Citizen is aware of at least six homes in Jo’burg alone where tigers, lions, meerkats, tortoises, vervet monkeys, caracals, mongoose and African rock pythons are kept as pets.
INDIVIDUALS KEEPING AND BREEDING TIGERS IN SUBURBAN BACKYARDS
16 SUD STREET, BONAERO PARK, KEMPTON PARK
57 MILNER AVENUE, GEDULD, SPRINGS
Ozzy an eight-month-old Siberian tiger, is the newest, adorable addition to the family of Brakpan North couple, Michael Jamison and Jackie Smits.
It may sound insane, but owning a pet tiger in Gauteng is legal. Animal welfare groups have discovered multiple people in Ekurhuleni who own one of these exotic animals and can do nothing about it. According to these groups, the legislation in Gauteng allows for exotic animals to be kept as pets in built-up areas, and the problem is growing.
!! FACILITIES CLAIMING TO BE SANCTUARIES BUT STATUS UNKNOWN !!
JUKANI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (WESTERN CAPE) http://www.jukani.co.za/
JUGOMARO (GAUTENG) http://jugomaro.co.za/ Allows public interaction with tigers. Also tiger cubs
WOKUTAKULA (GAUTENG) http://wokatakula.wixsite.com/wokutakula
Tigers have been sterilized, but the conditions are less than ideal. Also allows public interaction with the tigers.
VREDENHEIM BIG CATS PARK (WESTERN CAPE) https://vredenheim.co.za/big-cats/