Frequently asked questions YOU MAY ASK

Frequently asked questions

• Why is this such an important project ?
The sustainability of the species! Apex predators are critical to the balance maintained in our wildlife populations. A collapse in a species such as the lion could cause a collapse in the entire system. The fact that an entire landscape can be changed by extracting one species from a system is scary!
• How do I know you are going to use the funding for the animals and not for yourselves?
The Lion Campaign funds received will be paid into our NPC bank account which is a registered legal non profit entity regulated by our revenue services. A regular breakdown of expenditure will be posted to our website.
• Why are the lions at Glen Garriff ?
Historically there were dense populations of wild lions in this area. We aim to keep our lions living here, re introducing them to their old habitat, feeding as they once did, almost exclusively on plains game which now exist here in innumerable numbers once again.
• What is the long term prognosis of the lions ?
The perfect outcome for the Glen Garriff lions is that each and everyone can remain on the reserve for the duration of its lifetime. Any lions that leave Glen Garriff Reserve will only be to enhance semi-wild lion gene pools and stock other privately owned reserves that have been set up for conservation and tourism. Tourism is ultimately education. Any lion leaving Glen Garriff will only do so once we have screened the new location and ownership with in depth scrutiny. See also question; reintroduction to the wild.
• Are visitors welcome at Glen Garriff ?
Glen Garriff Reserve invites all sponsors to visit our project to experience these incredible creatures for themselves. Patrick and Thulani (Mike) will share their stories, teach you about the different characters and you can understand the unique personalities of each and every big cat on the reserve. Glen Garriff does not offer a volunteer programme.
• Will Glen Garriff lions be sold into the canned lion hunting industry?
NO. We are against lion breeding projects that condone and contribute to this market.
• Does Glen Garriff have a volunteer program?
NO. we do not offer any volunteer programs. We have 2 x full time lion enthusiasts living with us who have made a commitment and lifestyle choice to live amongst the lions.
• Does Glen Garriff offer cub petting?
No we do not offer any interaction with lion cubs. We have bred in the past to enhance our gene pools which are now secured, and these cubs are sustainable at GG. In the past, we have on occasion had to save the lives of some new born cubs when the mothers reject them, this is often due to an abnormality or health defect that she detects in one of the cubs, leading to rejection of the whole litter. However this is no longer the case, as we have stopped breeding. We are now full to capacity on our lion camps, and with funding we would now like to build some new camps to offer sanctuary to other lions or vulnerable species in need of a forever home.
• Do the Glen Garriff Lions get reintroduced into the wild?
This is a controversial question! The lions could not be reintroduced into the true wild, as they are pride specific and wild lions already have established territories.
Most of SA’s private game reserves are fenced, therefore considered semi-wild; where predators hunt for themselves but as they are enclosed somewhat, numbers of both predators and prey are ‘reserve managed’. Should a situation arise, where any game reserve needed new lion bloodlines introduced, we could assess ( through constant monitoring ) which of our lions, show the potential to survive in a semi wild situation.
We would love nothing more than to be able to release our lions into the semi wild to hunt for themselves. Our long term goal is to study the viability and practicality of a reintroduction program. With funding secured, we will be able to undertake this study.
• What is the long term prognosis on the lions at Glen Garriff?
Glen Garriff is the land that was given to these lions when Patrick Shannon introduced the first lions to the reserve. Our aim is to have these lions live healthy enriched lives for the rest of each and every one’s lifetime.