To all who know me, they will know that St Aiden’s Homeschool is named for my miracle son, Aiden. On 06 August 2015 he was attacked by a cheetah at the controversial KwaCheetah Captive Breeding Facility in Ladysmith, South Africa. His severe injuries required two hours of surgery, and he will have scars for the rest of his life – both physical and emotional. The story of how it happened is documented on Aidens Angels International, a campaign set up to assist Aiden and the family during this time, and also to raise awareness of the plight our wildlife face in Southern Africa.
We ask that you support this campaign in any manner in which you are able, by donating, sharing with your friends and family, in the comforting knowledge that it is supported by one of the co-campaigners, Southern Africa’s leading Wildlife Conservation Projects www.wildlands.co.za, Dr Andrew Venter, who is also the producer of Blood Lions, which is taking the world by storm.
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Help a young boy. Save our wildlife.
In a press release today, Musa Mntambo, Communications Manager, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife confirmed the decision to suspend commercial exhibition at the KwaCheetah Captive Breeding Facility in Ladysmith.For a number of reasons this decision comes as a welcome step forward in ensuring that captive breeding for conservation purposes is conducted in an ethical manner, with the interests of the animal foremost in the project. Before I go on to the official press release, we believe, in our opinion, that this decision will change the face of captive breeding for monetary gain, under the guise of conservation.While I have conducted an enormous amount of research into this project and other similar projects, I am by no means an expert on conservation or the protection and preservation of endangered animals, or in fact any animal at risk. What I can confirm is that having had an active interest and role in conservation on a much smaller, personal scale, my family and I are absolutely delighted that no harm will come to the cheetah, who, due to the very nature of being a wild animal, have natural instinctive characteristics that will manifest at some stage or another.The enormous amount of international and national media interest that this tragic incident has brought about hope to millions of wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists around the world, and indeed will pave the way for ensuring that the ethical breeding of animals is done under strict conditions, tailored specifically to enable to animal to be released back into the wild, where they belong, where nature intended them to be.