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Facilities for keeping the larger cats for tourism

11 February 2014

Keeping of the larger cats for tourism in smaller enclosures requires adequate facilities and care. In some provinces, such cats may not be kept for breeding purposes. The guidelines of the relevant latest National Threatened or Protected Species Regulations as published in the Government Gazette should also be followed. For tourism, the animals should also not come into direct contact with any tourist. The following general guidelines are useful in planning such facilities although they may vary from province to province.

www.leopard.tvThere must be a suitable source of food which should preferably be fed without the animals associating feeding with humans. A system that is often followed consists of a pulley system which is serviced from a concealed facility some distance away from the enclosure.

Before a permit will be considered, proof of damage insurance may be required, and some of the insurers have a specific policy for it. Written permission is also often required from the relevant local authority and all the adjacent landowners. A letter of support of a local veterinarian who will care for the animals when required may also often be required. Membership of the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria is required... (Become a Green subscriber for more)

 

References:

Anon. 1962. The Animal Protection Act (Act 71 of 1962) and its later amendments. Cape Town: Government Gazettes.

Anon. 2003. National Principles, Norms and Standards for the sustainable use of large predators in South Africa. Cape Town: Government Gazette 25090.

Anon. 2005. South African National Standards for Zoo and Aquarium Practice. Cape Town: Government Gazette 10379.

NEMBA 2004. National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004). Cape Town: Government Gazette 467 (26436).

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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