Our big cat family
At Emoya we pride ourselves on being so close to Mother Nature that we can feel her heart beat at the same time as ours. It is because of this synchronicity that our Big Cats programme continues to flourish.
Chanel was rescued in Egypt (2012) by Shireen Akl, who initially brought her to South Africa as a youngster, only eight months old, with the intention of allowing her to bond with her own kind in a natural environment.
Our Raka is what we term a split tawny lion, as his father was a white lion. Sharing a birthday with Chanel, Raka was born in October 2012 and was relocated from a private owner in Limpopo to be Chanel’s companion in July 2013. While the two were initially fiercely competitive and Chanel rejected Raka, today they are great friends.
Tau sauntered into our lives in August 2013. He is a male white lion who is the same age as Chanel and Raka. Tau and Raka were originally raised together and were reunited after their separation caused them to pine for each other.
Our gorgeous tawny female Serabie, born in January 2013, joined our growing little pride in September 2013 from a lion breeding project, rescued by a Canadian lady Alexandra Lamontagne. Her arrival was greatly appreciated by Chanel who was craving female companionship and the two bonded almost immediately.
At Emoya we strive to ensure that our lions are as close to nature, without human interference, where possible. We also have a no breeding policy and both of our males will receive vasectomies before they reach sexual maturity.
We are exceptionally proud of our little pride as it took months and months and a lot of patience before our founding lady Chanel was comfortable around our boys Raka and Tau. Serabie being the magic “glue”. Today they are a cohesive and bonded pride. They are the Bahati Pride!
To walk in the footsteps of greatness. Walk in the paw prints of a lion.
(Several individuals were involved with the relocation of especially Chanel and Serabie … the Bahati tribe salutes them …)