Gauteng reserve takes stand against lion cub petting

Winona Griggs

Gauteng Reserve: Say No to Lion Cub Petting

Hey there! I want to talk to you about something really important. It’s about lion cub petting, and why we need to take a stand against it. You see, there’s this reserve in Gauteng that is saying “no” to lion cub petting, and I think it’s a great move.

Now, I know that lion cub petting may seem like a fun and harmless activity, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. It may seem like a great way to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, but the truth is, it can have serious consequences for the lions themselves.

When someone decides to pet a lion cub, they are unknowingly contributing to a cycle of exploitation. These cubs are bred for the sole purpose of being used as photo props and tourist attractions. They are taken away from their mothers at a young age, which is incredibly traumatic for both the cubs and the mothers.

But it doesn’t stop there. Once the cubs grow too big and lose their “cute” factor, they are often discarded, sold off to the highest bidder, or even killed. It’s a heartbreaking reality that many people don’t realize when they participate in lion cub petting.

But it’s not just about the welfare of the lions. Lion cub petting also perpetuates a harmful cycle of misinformation. When people see others petting cubs and having fun, they may be led to believe that this is a normal and acceptable practice. This can lead to an increase in demand for lion cub petting experiences, which in turn fuels the cruel industry.

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That’s why it’s so important for us to take a stand against lion cub petting. By choosing not to participate in these activities, we can send a clear message that this practice is not acceptable. We can support reserves like the one in Gauteng that have taken a stand and are saying “no” to lion cub petting.

So, my friend, I want to leave you with this thought: the next time you are tempted to pet a lion cub or support an establishment that offers lion cub petting experiences, think about the bigger picture. Consider the welfare of the animals and the harmful cycle that you may be perpetuating. Together, we can make a difference and protect these magnificent creatures.

Gauteng reserve takes stand against lion cub petting

Guess what? The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Gauteng has some big news for you! Starting right now, they’re making a major change. Are you ready for it? Brace yourself, because they’re no longer going to offer cub-petting. Yep, you heard that right!

Now, don’t worry, the reserve is still around, and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, it’s located not too far from Joburg, in a place called Kromdraai. It’s nestled in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which is pretty cool.

But here’s the thing. The reserve is under new ownership now. The Bothongo Group took over, and they’re shaking things up. They’re all about animal welfare, and they want to make sure the animals here are well taken care of.

So, why did they make this change? Well, according to Jessica Khupe, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Brand Manager, times have changed. See, back in 1990, when the reserve first opened to the public, people thought petting cubs was okay. But now, in 2019, we know better.

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You see, humans have always had this desire to get up close and personal with wild animals. It’s totally understandable. I mean, who wouldn’t want to cuddle with a cute baby lion? But here’s the thing – studies have shown that it’s not good for the animals’ welfare.

So, the reserve made this bold decision to stop cub-petting. And you know what? I think it’s a smart move. By focusing on animal welfare, they’re putting the animals first. And that’s pretty awesome, if you ask me.

‘Listen up! I want to address a major issue that’s been getting a lot of attention lately – the mistreatment of animals in the name of tourist attractions. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to touch or exploit animals to understand the value of protecting wildlife. It’s important that we all stand together against practices like canned hunting and the lion bone trade. Let’s make it crystal clear: we’re totally against these cruel actions.’

Gauteng reserve takes stand against lion cub petting

Hey there! I’m Mike Fynn, the new COO of the reserve. Let me fill you in on something important. We’re making some big changes around here, and it’s all for the benefit of our animals and the environment.

Before, we used to breed and raise animals so people could pet them and interact with them. Seems harmless, right? Well, not quite. It turns out, this kind of thing isn’t good for the animals or our long-term success. So, we’re shifting our focus and putting all our efforts into something that truly matters: educating the public about wildlife and the importance of conservation.

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We’ve got a plan in motion. We’re taking the next three years to upgrade all our public facilities, habitats, and wildlife enclosures. And get this, we’re doing it all with the animals’ well-being in mind. You see, many of these incredible creatures are endangered because they’ve lost their homes due to human activity. It’s time we step up and make a difference!

Here’s what being a member of our new and improved reserve means:

  • We’re committed to keeping a diverse, healthy, and happy group of animals.
  • I work closely with local and international organizations to ensure the long-term survival of endangered and threatened species.
  • I promise not to sell or trade any animals, especially lions, unless it’s to reputable and accredited facilities or licensed wildlife institutions.
  • If I breed animals, it will only be for conservation purposes.

‘To all of you who may be disappointed that you can no longer cuddle a lion cub at our reserve, please understand that this is the right thing to do,’ I want to say. ‘As animal lovers, we all know how enchanting African wildlife is. However, our affection for these animals can unintentionally harm them, despite our good intentions.’

Furthermore, I believe that ‘our wildlife family now has a voice again’.

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