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Newsletter 99
29/09/14

Extract from JV's Speech on Corbett's Freedom Day

 
Corbett finally free, after 2.5 years in captivity

"As a kid I would travel around the country with my mother playing in the tennis tournaments. 

When I was reluctant to practise, my mother would always remind me "you know what Gary Player says, the harder he practises... the luckier he gets!" Gary became my role model and inspiration in my sporting career.


Gary and Vivienne Player, supporters of Tiger Canyons for many years

After being selected for the South African Schools Cricket Team and offered a contract to play professional cricket overseas, I was determined to pursue a sporting‎ career and then my father died. 

The executors of my father's estate had advised my mother to sell our game farm in the Sabi Sand to pay for her children's education. 

I begged my mother not to do this. I would give up everything to save our game farm. My mother Madie Varty, God bless her, supported me and my brother Dave and Londolozi was born. I now moved from the sporting world into the conservation arena.

 
Dr Ian Player with his lifelong mentor Magqubu Ntombela

During the first 6 years of Londolozi's life, I took children into the bush on wilderness trails. Underprivileged, over-privileged, deaf & blind children, young criminals all spent nights sleeping in the bush on trail. Each kid would have to keep watch around the fire for one hour at night.

The architect of the ‎wilderness movement in South Africa was Gary Player's brother, Dr Ian Player. Ian Player's wilderness trails in Umfolozi Game Reserve, changed the lives of hundreds of South African children and indeed as it became a global phenomenon, it gained many ambassadors for wilderness and wild places around the world. 

Under Ian Player's guidance the Natal Parks produced many fine conservationists who would play a significant role in conservation around the world. Men like Ken Tinley, who changed the face of habitat at Londolozi and was the first person to show me that if parks are to survive, they must share with surrounding communities. Tony Pooley became a world authority on crocodiles and Jim Feely was perhaps the most knowledgeable trail officer in the world at that time. 

For the next 20 years I lived in Kenya and Zambia making over 40 wild life movies. Many of these movies were an extension of the wilderness conservation message. Many boys and girls have told me that they have pursued a career in conservation having been influenced by a Londolozi Production. 

The big cats have always fascinated me and in 2000 I dedicated my life to saving the most endangered of the big cats, the Tiger!. 

When I started my Tiger project, there were a reputed 5 000 wild tigers and 45 000 in captivity (today there are around 1 000 wild tigers and 60 000 in captivity). 

Once again the inspiration to try and save the tiger was Ian Player.

Ian Player in the late 50's and early 60's, while head of The Capture Unit for Natal Parks, had pulled the white rhino back from a mere 50 and distributed it around the world. 

If ever there is a lesson for the South African Government it is this: Give the white rhino to those who can protect it‎. Put it on ranches which are smaller than large national parks who cannot protect it. Incentivise land holders and farmers to warehouse them. Do what the Natal Parks did - distribute them!. 

Gary, if you would pass on to Ian, we will not let him down. We will win the war against the rhino poaching syndicates. It will be costly and people & rhino's will die, but we will not let his hard work, vision and dedication become undone. 

Ladies and gentlemen, if you think we have a rhino crisis & we most certainly do have a crisis, let me remind you that South Africa has 22 000 wild rhino. 

The wild tiger is down to perhaps 1 000 and losing 1 a day to poaching, illegal hunting & loss of habitat.

Like the rhino suffers from the price of its horn,  the tiger suffers from the‎ sale of its body parts. According to the Chinese, the skin, teeth, claws, fat, urine, penis & whiskers all have medicinal properties and the massive market in China creates an unprecedented demand for these body parts. 

Today in India,‎ the tiger competes with 300 people per square kilometre for space, habitat, prey & water. This is a race the tiger simply cannot win.

My decision in 2 000 to try to save the tiger outside the Asian continent has been correct. 

Today we claimed another 1 000 hectares of tiger habitat & set 2 more tigers free, a small step for tiger conservation, a giant step for Tiger Canyons. 


Corbett's jaws that nearly ended the tiger project and JV's life

JV with Julie-Ann Reid and Phumlani Mchunu, two of three people who saved his life in the attack by Tiger Corbett. Julie Brown was there in spirit.

Rodney and Lorna Drew who created a new tiger area of over 1000 Ha for Tiger Corbett and Tigress Zaria

People came from as far as Australia, Holland & Cape Town to see Corbett set free, I thank you sincerely for your support".


Sponsorship of Ussuri's cubs:

I would like to thank Margaret Pang from Singapore who has sponsored Ussuri's 3 cubs. Margaret has named the female cub Marguerite, the lighter male Antoine and the smaller male James (pronounced Jamez). 


Winner of the cub naming competition:

I would like to congratulate Shelley Downing and Leanne Kelly for the 2 names chosen by the judges. 

Orion - a hunter in Greek mythology... the name of the stars named by Shelley Downing and

Odin - a Norse god, meaning 'the furious one" named by Leanne Kelly. 

Shadow's two cubs are now called Orion and Odin. The bolder one is Odin and the more shy one is Orion.


Porsche Donation

I would like to‎ thank Porsche South Africa for holding various fund raising evenings for the tigers. My sincere thanks to Philani Cebekhulu who made the most generous donation. Also thanks to Piet van Blerk en Alex Baisch for their contributions.  

The money will be used to purchase prey animals for Tiger Corbett's area and strategic water holes for all our wild tigers. Many thanks to Toby Venter (CEO Porsche South Africa), Jessica Baker (Group Communications Manager Porsche South Africa), Wanda Coleman & Natasha Xavier from Porsche for their wonderful support.

There is no truth in the rumours that game drives in future at Tiger Canyons will be run in a Porsche Macan.

However, Seatao (222 Kilograms) on top of the Porsche Macan would make for some riveting viewing and some interesting low angle photography. 


Cathedral in the Wild

"Cathedral in the Wild", Boyd Varty's book, is without doubt the funniest book I have ever read.

For anyone interested in Africa and wild animals - it is a must read.

Just one thing, any reference to Uncle John, you should not believe a single thing Boyd Varty says.

Tread Lightly on the Earth
JV

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
Copyright 2007 @jvbigcats  All rights reserved


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