ANDI RIVE HAS MADE IT HER PROJECT IN LIFE TO GIVE LIONS A HOME AS PERFECT AS SHE POSSIBLY CAN.
Our to do list is always expanding. There are a lot of things we need to do to keep it running and to develop the sanctuary.
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At Love Lions Alive Sanctuary we have the following financial needs:
Medical care of the lions resulting in Veterinary bills. There are standard costs incurred monthly for normal health care, and there are extra ordinary costs which arise when we have to sedate lions for treatment of injury, illness or transportation. Annually it costs R96000.00
Building of Environments for the lions. We aim at setting the Gold Standard in Lion care at LLA and pride ourselves in building beautiful enclosures, our motto is ‘We build it once, they live in it forever.” We have built 10 lion areas so far and we house 16 lions. We have built rock pools for drinking and would like to build pools for playing in. Only Carl, Nachi, Moya and Sasha currently have this. Our next 4 enclosures will house lions we already have at LLA but due to growing up, from cubs into sub-adults, they require larger areas.
Vehicles. LLA has bought a 4x4 Ford single cab bakkie for collecting carcasses to feed the lions. This purchase is via a private loan which LLA has to pay back in monthly instalments. The bakkie is also used for fighting fires. This is the only vehicle LLA and our staff have. We received a donation of a trailer and winch system from the late Alan Colman, this is a wonderful addition to LLA, much needed and much appreciated.
Fuel. Diesel for collecting carcasses to feed the lions is the biggest daily expense. The carcases are given to us, but fetching them costs on average R350. Running the generator for power tools out in the veld, fire fighting equipment and brush cutters all use petrol.
Tools and Equipment. Industrial Brush cutter . Spades &Picks. Angle grinder. Skill saw. Cordless drill. Very big on our wish list are Solar Cells and invertors. DC Batteries as back up for the batteries running the electric fences. Staff clothes and safety gear.
Lion Rescues. There are several rescue projects in the pipeline, they require funds for transporting the lions from their current homes as well as building the lions enclosures in which to live out their lives safely and with quality of care. Some of the lions potentially coming to LLA are from within South Africa and others are from Belgium, Russia and Spain. LLA will publish details of lions being rescued. We have experienced that sometimes we do not have sufficient time to launch a fundraiser and as per Natacha’s enclosure I had to take a personal loan. We really need to have a fund earmarked for rescues.
Land. Rent for the sanctuary R11 750 per month
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