Wild Cats World
Wild Cats World (WCW) is just one person, founder/director Babette de Jonge, idealistic wild cats enthusiast for ages, started the foundation in 2010 together with Eva Julia Christiie, a Norwegian illusionist. This cooperation lasted for just a few months. Babette wanted to believe they shared the best interest for the wild cat species, so that together they would not only rescue the tigers Eva was working with, from a life in circus and small/unnatural environment as they intended to, but also to give the best welfare to many other abused wild cats, and at the same time contribute to conservation of the wild species.
Babette worked on alone and lifted the foundation WCW up to the current standard and has still been pursuing her dreams and passion to do what’s best for the wild cats, in captivity and in the wild. The past few years amazingly backed up by her boyfriend Anton Buijen van Weelden (also: Wild Cats Films), in spirit and sponsoring, who shares the same passion. In South Africa, Indonesia & Nepal associations, alliances/partners are working closely with Wild Cats World on ground level, like Daniell Cheetah Project in Spotted Cats Conservation, Cat Conservation Trust, Wanicare Foundation and Jane Goodall Institute Nepal.
These associations are essential for the work WCW has in mind for both captive and wild species, as well as the work in education, raising awareness, releasing some cats back to their natural habitat. Without the ever growing network world-wide the foundation would be nowhere, but still stamina, fighting spirit and everlasting passion and love for the animals is most important, as well as to be able to give more than to get.
Wild Cats World is working closely with various projects in South Africa, like Daniell Cheetah Project, Eastern Cape/South Africa, and Cat Conservation Trust, Karoo. You can meet our leopards and other wild cats, and to see and learn more about our projects. You are welcome to visit us or to volunteer. See more info here.
Symba Wildlife Conservation
Symba Wildlife Conservation (SWC) was founded in 2012, is currently pending US IRS 501(c)(3) accreditation, and is based out of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA. SWC was founded with a hybrid mission that supports conservation efforts, responsible breeding, reintroduction, and educational programs for native wild cats. The hybrid effect is due to our cross between foundation-like funding for fieldwork studies in the wild and our other efforts working with organizations focusing on breeding and educational programs like the DCP.
SWC was started by founder, Racquel Mong who asked co-founding board members Maxie van Wyk (South Africa) and Adam Meshallu (Tanzania) to embark on a journey that would help save some wild cats, create awareness of their plight and conserve these majestic animals for future generations. These individuals currently make up the entire board of directors and staff of the organization
SWC currently has two active Alliance projects, four Ambassadors (Lions Chuck and Norris and Servals Ubuntu and Upendo), one Campaign and one pending Business Venture. SWC’s current projects are located in Tanzania and South Africa.