In June 2012 two lion cubs, only a few weeks old, were brought to the Daniell Cheetah Project. DCP was asked if they could raise the cubs for the breeders, as they had more expertise to do so. The DCP was previously working in conjunction with the breeders to support the education of local and tourist populations about lions and would raise the cubs to a specified age.
June 2012 was also the month that the partnership of Daniell Cheetah and Wild Cats World (as Spotted Cats Conservation) officially started.
In July 2012, Racquel Mong, a volunteer at the DCP, was asked to name the two cubs to which she came up with Chuck and Norris. It was later discovered by Babette de Jonge (WCW) that the breeder’s intent was to eventually sell Chuck and Norris into the South African canned hunting business.
In other words, after DCP helped raise the cubs and conservational awareness, they would have to be returned to a future of being sold and killed on a canned hunting farm. NOTE: The DCP was not previously aware that the cubs they were helping to raise were destined to this future and in NO WAY supports the canned hunting business.
After returning back to the Netherlands, Babette de Jong (WCW) immediately started fundraising to save Chuck and Norris from the canned hunting business. The DCP also searched for a way to save Chuck and Norris from having to be returned to this breeder. At that time Racquel Mong was forming a sponsoring relationship with DCP, she then took over the responsibility for Chuck and Norris from Babette de Jong (WCW).
The DCP, with the financial support of Racquel, decided to keep the lions and give them a permanent home at the DCP farm in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Racquel sponsored both the lion cubs (their purchase from the breeders) and the purchase of materials and labor for their enclosure at the DCP. This is actually how the Symba Wildlife Conservation came into being and this is why the only campaign being supported at this time is the “Save Chuck Norris Lion Cubs Campaign.” (SCNLCC)
DCP would just like to thank Babette de Jong (WCW) for pointing out what this breeder was doing and for starting fundraising to save the cubs.
Also Racquel Mong from Symba Wildlife conservation for purchasing the cubs and their enclosure that was funded.