Our vision: A wildlife reserve conserving the African wild cats and predators in natural habitat.
Felidae Centre is located in the well-known Free State province, which borders on the Northern Cape. The predator reserve is situated only 30 km from the historical town of Kimberley, on the National Road, the N8 (head towards Petrusburg).
The Felidae Centre started in September 2010 when the Burger family brought in their first two animals, a cheetah and a caracal. The two animals, Thato and Lilo, came from a project where Chriszanne and Nicol had previously worked. Since that time the family has received and raised animals that were abandoned both in nature and by people.
In 2010 we first learned about canned hunting (the hunting of hand raised predator animals) and we had the opportunity to immediately save FIVE lions from the hunting business. Since that time we have had several other opportunities to save lions. These big cats are now able to call Felidae Centre home, living in a natural habitat spanning several hectares.
We want to educate the public on the real and obtainable conservation of African wildlife. These efforts help to ensure these species survival in the future. Furthermore, by doing tours and school outings, we want to change people’s mindsets about our big cats.
This will help secure both the protection and survival of the various species on our farm.
How are we different to other PREDATOR parks? We put the needs of our animals first and ensure that they are stressed as little as possible.
We endeavor to promote the welfare and survival of these animals while encouraging the education of the public.
We want visitors to experience the feeling of the awesomeness of these animals, but we also want to make sure that they learn something along the way.
We have a relationship with each of our animals and we try to keep them in the most natural environment possible.
As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our ‘ambassador’ cats and see, feel and hear them up close. You will also be able to view the lions feeding and tour the enclosures. Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to feed the bat-eared foxes!!
Currently we are busy enlarging all the enclosures of the animals on the farm. These areas will be more similar to the natural habitat of each species and allow the animals more area to roam and play in. The smaller cats’ enclosures will contain tree logs, climbing areas and various toys to satisfy their curiosity. The focus for the big cats is a large roaming area. Felidae has over 1000 hectare of pure Free State farm land available to expand the project further in the future, ensuring both good and safe lives for all our animals.
In 2010 we started with a cheetah and a caracal and built two ensures for them. Special attention has always been paid to nature conservations rules. Since then we have become home to 42 predators and 2 monkeys! These include; 4 cheetahs, 20 lions, 4 caracals, 2 servals, 1 African wild cat, 2 black back jackal, 9 bat-eared foxes and 2 monkeys (with Meerkats soon to come!). All our animals have custom built enclosures with area to play and live in. We strive to make these homes as similar to each species natural habitat as possible. Most of the animals we take in call Felidae a permanent home as they are too domesticated to survive on their own in the wild. However, we have had the opportunity to release several in areas where they can live freely without human interaction.