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The New ZION

Posted on June 28, 2014

We are celebrating new beginnings at Kingdom of Zion with a new name and a fresh start. There are challenges ahead but as always our focus is on the health and wellbeing of the magnificent 34 big cats that live at the park and we are committed to ensuring that they have a secure future. We have plans for better and larger enclosures and more behavioural enrichment. Our aim is to make Zion a first class facility, and extremely high expectations for animal welfare and the health and safety of the public and park staff have been set. After an absence of 3 years, Craig Busch, The Lionman, returns to Zion. The team at Zion looks forward to welcoming you all, so you can see for yourself the unique bond he has with these animals.

The future for ZION is about the well being for these Big Cats and building new enclosures that make them feel at home. These are the plans for the future ZION. It won’t just be the Big Cats that will appreciate their homes; but people visiting ZION will also appreciate these fantastic animals when they are in view and appreciated in more natural surroundings’. These images are an artist’s impression of a proposed enclosure for the Big Cats at ZION.

The NZ BCRT is a Trust solely for the health and wellbeing of the animals at Zion. This includes behavioural enrichment and veterinary care.There are residual physical and emotional issues with some of the big cats that require deviation in the daily feeding routine, plus considerable additional expense for specialist care and medication.We have inherited these existing health issues with some of the Zion cats;

Narnia has an ulceration on her eye. Narnia is currently on medication twice daily in an attempt to repair the eye. If this is not successful an eye specialist will be sought to operate on her eye and test the eye for the cause of the issue. One pack of pills for Narnia, which last less than two weeks, is $350. So far vets bills for Narnia alone are almost $2000. The remaining big cats are carefully monitored by qualified staff. On a positive note it was very exciting to see Mandla’s behaviour when Michelle returned to work with us. This beautiful black leopard chats daily with Michelle. He has changed from the withdrawn and angry cat he was on arrival.

So many of you have asked how you can get more involved in the lives of the big cats of Zion that we have introduced a sponsorship programme. We have set this up with multilevel options to suit every budget. You can check out all the information below. Just select your favourite cat, check out using Paypal or direct credit and make sure you put the name of your selection in the notes or as a reference when you pay . Once we have received your payment your sponsorship pack will wing its way to you. Any questions at all just drop us a line to and we will be happy to help

Fun facts about big felines

Cats are one of the most loved pets and they are such a good company that people get even big cats and use them as pets, but the only place for us to adore and watch them should be the nature, so prepare yourself to see some big felines and other amazing wildlife animals because you should be going to Africa. Although we think we know cats, there are some quite interesting and widely unknown facts about big felines, that we will talk about right now. 

The cheetah is the world's fastest mammal on the land, they can reach a speed of 70 miles per hour, which is for those who don't know about 115 kmh. If you find your cat annoying or sweet while it is meowing, wait to hear how it sounds when a grown male big feline, actually a lion, roars - it can be heard in a diameter of 8 kilometers. Not eight but seven times its own length can a leopard jump and considering these are big felines, this leap must me quite long.

Ever wondered why a tiger has its stripes - well there is no known reason, but the fun thing about them is that they are to them like fingerprints to us. No two tigers have the same stripes, which makes this highly visible feature a great way to distinguish different individuals. Like many other cats, also big felines have a quite short living span - for example, lions live 12 to 16 years in nature and up to 25 years in captivity. Cats are amazing and great company, but that are escorts also and we are not thinking about http://www.eros.com. Jaguars are pretty interesting and unique, their name means 'he who kills in one leap'. There are found fossils that are about 2 million years old that show evidence of jaguars.

If you imagine big felines living in groups, than you must be thinking of lions, because only them do that and their groups are called prides. There is only one grown male in one pride and the females are often all related within the pride. Many big cats are endangered, even the most endangered animal in the world is a big feline - the Amur leopard, which is one of the most interesting and beautiful big cats. But Zoos and other captivities help keep the population high, for example there are more tigers in captivity only in the USA than in the wildness all around the world.

If you have intentions on going to see big cats in their nature habitat, then don't wear under any circumstances the Calvin Klein perfume Obsession. It drives several big feline species like Cheetahs, Tigers, Jaguars and others, crazy. Because these cats are attracted by it, scientists use it to count their population.
One leopard killed 400 people in India and it was hunted down by the same man who hunted down a tiger that killed 436 people. Interesting is that both tigers were active at the same time and in the same region. But big felines can also be good, for example in 2005 in Ethiopia, a girl was kidnapped and beaten by a group of man, until a pride of lions saw that an chased the attackers away, they then stayed with the girl until help arrived.