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We have friendly experienced staff and volunteers who have good knowledge of all the Big Cats. Ask them questions. They love to talk about our cats.

BIG CATS ARE OUR LIFE

WE LOVE THEM, AND WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT PROTECTING THESE SPECIES FROM ENCROACHING EXTINCTION IN THE WILD DUE TO LOSS OF HABITAT.

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FUN FACTS

  • Did you know the cats know their keepers?

    Our big cats know us almost as well as we know them. They recognise voices, and respond differently to individual keepers. They can get thrown off by something unusual such as a keeper wearing a beanie or a certain type of jacket, and they won’t settle until he or she removes these items.

  • Did you know that big, wild, dangerous cats, are just larger versions of domestic cats?

    That’s right. Big cats love to play and will bat toys around, and chase balls. They can pretend they haven’t been fed, and if they think you’ll get them something else by waiting long enough, they’re prepared to wait.

  • Did you know that lions have 30 teeth, and a very rough tongue which could remove your skin in just a few licks?

    A lion’s 30 teeth include four huge canine teeth that can grow up to seven centimetres long and help them tear skin and rip meat away. They also have sharp carnassials which scissor their dinner like a knife at the back of their jaws, and right at the front, they have a set of small incisors which they use to hold and rip their food. They have a very big bite at up to 28 centimetres.

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Nothing quite matches a lion experience. 249 kgs of fully-maned, male lion is something to behold, and if you catch them at one of their public-facing fence-line games, you’ll definitely know you are alive.

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CONSERVATION

Big Cat Conservation is the primary purpose of the Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary, and we need your support to help us succeed. In the wild, Barbary lions no longer exist.

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Visit our Big Cat Wildlife Sanctuary and see species which are extinct in the wild. Enjoy interacting with our keepers who can tell you the quirks of each of our magnificent big cats.

Our cheetah, Thabo, is 18 years old. While remaining quite healthy, she has joint issues which certainly affected her movement, especially in the cooler months. In 2017 Thabo was being treated with Meloxicam and Xanax for pain and stress, which was prior to the new management taking over the care of the animals.

Most of the large cats at KWS had been prescribed Meloxicam and other stronger pain relief under previous vet care. We are pleased that only one of the cats now receives long term pain medication and this is a significantly lower dose.

At the recommendation of Waipu Vets (2019) all the big cats have been given Antinol on a daily basis for the last 24 months. We have noticed with all of our big cats, an improvement in their mobility, coat quality and general demeanour following the commencement of Antinol.

Thabo, our resident cheetah, has been taking Antinol since we started the program. She has had significant improvement in her movement and amazingly has shown a willingness to once again play and chase when encouraged by her keepers. She is now engaging with her keepers including vocalizing. We have combined the Antinol with her pain management (Pentosan injection, low range dose). This has been very successful and we have been able to completely cut out all of the other medications she had previously been prescribed.

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