We have several different prides here at Felidae, all with lions who have become a permanent part of our family! Their ages, listed more specifically below, range from just over a year to seven years old. Our full grown males typically weigh around 250 kg, and the females 180 kg. While they can move quickly when they want to, these giant cats generally sleep between 18-20 hours each day!
Shasha-Lee – 2009
Sahara – 2009
Savanna – 2009
(Now living with Sarabi from the twins)
Sebrina – 18 January 2013
Brutis – 2009
Rubicon – 2009
Valentino – 18th of January 2013
Jabu – 21st of December 2014
Kai – 21st of December 2014
Our wild lion pride consists of 8 lions, 3 females and 5 males. During the week these lions enjoy company of each other, sunning themselves and sleeping.
The oldest 5 lions in the group (2 males and 3 females) came to Felidae Centre in 2011. After spending about 8 months on the farm and meeting up with the lions owners, we discovered they planned to sell the 2 male lions. They visited us to get photos and informed us that their goal was to sell them to hunters during the winter months.
We stepped in and took out a loan to purchase all of the lions, saving them from a future of canned hunting.
It took time to get sterilizing chips for the females, resulting in several litters being born. The adult females were then sterilized on 5 Novemeber 2015 to prevent future breeding and cubs on the project. Two of the litters of cubs born were kept and raised by the females and rest of the group. Today they are fully grown and well settle in with the parents and other adult lions.
You can book an adventure tour and enjoy an open vehicle drive inside our 180 ha enclosure with our free roaming lions and be as close as half a meter away.
Price: 500 rand per person.
Shani – 20th of February 2013
Zara – 20th of February 2013
Themba – 5th of September 2012
Sterling – 18th of January 2013
(Brother of Valentino and Sebrina from the wild pride)
Simba – 23th of March 2013
These lions were all born on the farm from our wild pride. They were the first cubs born to the wild females, who were unfortunately too immature to raise them. The mothers did not know how to protect the babies from the environment, and they did not clean them after birth.
Unfortunately not all the cubs survived the first night, primarily due to cold, liver problems, and kidney problems. The ones that did survive make up our teenager pride!
These were hand raised by us as they grew up. All have matured and are healthy, living together in their own enclosure. While they are too large to fully interact with now, they all love coming to the edge of the fence for a face rub from Chriszanne or Nicol!
On our Saturday morning tour (begin at 11:00am) people can see the teenagers enjoying and playing with the carcasses they are fed.
Mika & Sarabi were born the 31st of August 2010.
In November 2019 Mika passed away of a disease called DIC.
Savanna from the wild pride was always an outsider and she was picked on by the other lions. We therefore moved Savanna and she is now living happily with Sarabi. These beautiful girls form their own pride and the two have already formed a special bond and almost never leave each others side.
These two beautiful sisters were the first lions on the project! They provided everyone here at Felidae Centre with our first exposure to canned hunting.
When we went to buy Mika and Sarabi over we found out that they had 3 lions in the litter. When we asked to take the third one, a male, we were told no. We were then informed it was because all males born on their farm were used for hunting.
It broke our hearts to leave the little boy behind but the owner was unwilling to sell. Happily we managed to save the 2 girls from joining their brother and being used as breeding females for hunting purposes. They’ve been living as part of the family here at Felidae ever since!
Alex lives with Ariel our white lioness.
Our white lioness. She is born in March 2009.
Alex and Ariel lives together.
Tau and Alex (both males) are the youngest lions here at Felidae. They were the last of the cubs that were born from the wild pride and we had to remove them. Several lions tried to kill them as cubs, leaving Tau with a whole in his throat. Additionally, Alex suffers from epilepsy, meaning he needs medication daily to prevent attacks.
Both boys were hand raised and became a part of the family quickly. They are best friends and love receiving attention and head scratching from people!
Tau passed away the 25th of December 2018. Tau was born with a narrow pelvis and struggled his whole life with chronic constipation. Even with laxative, a special diet and veterinarian care it was still not enough to keep our beautiful boy with us.
Rest in peace big boy.
Ariel is our only white lion on the project and our most recently saved lion from hunting.
Ariel was hand raised in a home by people who worked on a lion farm. When the people resigned and moved to a different farm, the owner sold Ariel to *Predator Home, a reserve which is very popular for doing canned hunting. The people who helped raise Ariel contacted Felidae and we took out a loan to save Ariel from hunting.
Unfortunately when she came to Felidae Centre on the age of 7 months, Ariel could only drink milk and didn’t eat meat at all.
This was a result of having been fed the wrong diet. She was covered in diseases, like ring worm, and was missing hair on part of her face.
She loves attention from her family however, and enjoys posing for pictures!
Today she is a very healthy white lion! She enjoys a diet that consists exclusively of meat and takes supplements every night. Having been raised in such close proximity to humans, Ariel prefers to be alone than with other lions.
Felidae Centre is completely against the cruel practice of canned hunting. We campaign and advocate to end the captive breeding of lions and therefore all our female lions are sterilized.
Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible!
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