Now is the one of the times in our lives where we need to take a stand and use our voices to help the voiceless.
Even if that “voiceless” animals roar can be heard up to 5 miles away!
The majestic, very rare, white lion at the center of this horrific and utterly despicable tale, is Mufasa.
Young cub Mufasa was confiscated by authorities in South Africa on December 31st, 2015.
He was brought to the WildForLife Rehabilitation Centre while legal actions were taken. His “owner” had kept him without the necessary permits.
The center was happy to help the gorgeous wild animal survive in a world not his own. There are less than 300 like him in the world left, only 13 of them in the wild.
During this same time, another rescued lioness cub named Soraya, called the rehab center home.
Since the young cubs were about the same age, the decision was made to introduce the two. Soraya was also having anxiety from difficulties adjusting to a life around humans.
The duo quickly bonded and became inseparable.
For the next 2 years, the cubs thrived at the center. This was all done at their own cost with nothing other than donations from dedicated followers and fundraising.
Then in November 2017, the courts had finally settled.
The guilty party had paid their fines.
Wanting to ensure the beloved beasts could remain living in safety, the rehab center took immediate action.
They submitted a proposal for the required permits to move both lions to a sanctuary to live. Together and happy.
The greedy authorities have another plan though.
They plan on selling the rare and stunning Mufasa in a public auction.
….”paws” for the anger to dissipate.
Mufasa has had a vasectomy so cannot be used for breeding. This means there is only one option left they found that would cause someone to bid on the fierce creature.
Game or trophy hunting.
…okay, another “paws” for breathing calmly.
The gruesome and inhumane truth cannot be denied or hidden.
Lions are killed in high numbers for their bones to be exported to the East.
Soraya and Mufasa are inseparable and it would be extremely traumatic for Soraya to lose her companion.
She was in a terrible emotional state before they were united as cubs. Even when moved to a bigger enclosure she was highly anxious when she woke up and couldn’t find Mufasa.
What would become of Soraya if Mufasa’s fate is decided by heartless humans?
Negotiations have come to nothing.
They made an offer to exchange the cost of care against the ownership of the lion but have had no response.
Wildforlife now have to sue the authorities to prevent the two being separated.
Although their lawyer is working pro bono, court costs in this case will come to approximately R50,000 or about $3,500 USD.
This is all above and beyond the daily costs of caring for the wild animals. Food, basic care and any medical costs that arise are all being paid for by the rehab center.
That and the red ball Mufasa was thrilled to get as a toy! <3
If you want to donate to their cause, please visit the page here.
If they can claim the cost back afterwards it will be donated to the sanctuary where they are supposed to go, to help them with feeding costs.
Please help Wildforlife prevent the atrocity of having this beautiful lion condemned to a trophy or a bag of bones.