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Not all animals are eligible to be released and those who are, must follow the correct steps to ensure success. 

Releasing an animal back into the wild requires careful planning and preparation to ensure the animal has the best chance of survival. Not all animals are eligible to be released and those who are, must follow the correct steps to ensure success. 

We have identified the following individuals from our sanctuary to be able to be released when they get the opportunity: 

  1. Elsa, brown lion female (Tyson and Blinkoog’s offspring, naturally weaned) 

  2. Max and Duma, cheetahs males (two brothers caught by a farmer when they tried to hunt his livestock) 

  3. Rufus, Rex and Cam, leopard tortoise males (they were saved from a dangerous area) 

  4. Scout, spotted hyena male (Bonnie and Clyde’s offspring, naturally weaned) 

  5. Tygra and Tigger, siberian tigers (Jethro and Ella’s offspring, naturally weaned) 

  6. Lions from Boschpoort Safaris' lion breeding project (contact for more information) 

Project Goals:
  • Consult other wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians for advice and collaboration. They can provide guidance on when the animal is ready for release and what preparations should be made. 

  • Choose a suitable release location that is appropriate for the species of animal being released with sufficient food, water, shelter, and natural habitat. 

  • Obtain any necessary permits: Depending on the species and location, permits may be required to release the animal back into the wild. Contact the appropriate wildlife agency to obtain any necessary permits. 

  • Decide which monitoring equipment will be best to ensure the animal is adapting to its new environment and able to find sufficient food, water, and shelter.  

Project Timeline: 

The project started in January 2022 and will be an ongoing project until we can successfully release all the animals eligible to be released.

Resources needed:

Animal care 

  • Chemical immobilisation equipment 

  • Veterinarian 

  • Wildlife rehabilitator 

  • Transport team 


  • Existing habituation camp or construction material to create a camp 

  • Release area 


  • Transport (will depend on location) 

  • Monitoring equipment 

  • Necessary permits 


R50 000.00  - R200 000.00


A detailed budget and any allocations of contributions made to this project can be made available for anyone to see. Please contact us if you require more information.  

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