Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Sussex-Based Born Free Successfully Rehomes King The Lion Cub At South African Sanctuary

Horsham-based international wildlife charity, Born Free, has rescued King – a tiny cub with a mighty name – and he is now starting a new life in his ancestral home of Africa.
(c) Natuurhulpcentrum Rescue Centre

King is a one-year-old lion cub who was rescued from an apartment in Paris last summer where he was being kept illegally as an "exotic pet" in appalling conditions. 

Following a successful appeal launched in April, Born Free will now provide King with lifetime care at its Big Cat Rescue Centre at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The sad story of King before he was rescued highlights the plight of millions of captive wild animals around the world that are kept as exotic pets. Born Free opposes the keeping of wild animals as pets. 

Wild animals, whether they have been taken from the wild or bred in captivity, have extremely complex social, physical and behavioural needs and are, therefore, particularly susceptible to suffer when kept as pets. 

 
Dr Chris Draper, Born Free's Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, said: 

"It is staggering that, in 2018, lion cubs are still finding their way into the pet trade in Europe. 

"We are concerned that King's case is the tip of the iceberg, and that a great many wild animals are being kept illegally as pets across Europe and elsewhere. 

"This situation needs to be addressed urgently, and we hope that by introducing the world to King – his plight, his rescue and his rehoming to lifetime care – Born Free can draw attention to this important issue."

King started his journey from Natuurhulpcentrum rescue centre, Belgium, on 5th July. From Belgium, he travelled under the care of Born Free's expert team to London Heathrow airport for a flight to Africa.

After a short internal flight, King touched down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, before travelling the short distance by road to Shamwari and to his new home at Born Free's Jean Byrd Centre.

Virginia McKenna OBE, Born Free's Co-Founder and Trustee, who grew up in the Horsham area and has lived in Surrey for nearly 50 years, added: 

"I am sure there will be a lot of smiling faces today! So many people responded to our appeal to bring young King to Shamwari, and now he has arrived! 

"Thanks to everyone whose hearts were touched by his story, he now takes his first steps on African soil, and can begin his happy new life.  May it be a long and peaceful one."

Shamwari has been home to Born Free"s two Big Cat Rescue Centres for more than 20 years. 
 
To donate to this important cause, visit www.bornfree.org.uk/king, call 01403 240170 or text KING to 70755 to donate £10.
 
Support Born Free's petition to restrict the trade in, and private keeping of, dangerous wild animals in Great Britain: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221050 

by: Mike Cobley




Share    

Pic (c) Tony Woolliscroft

The Damned recently celebrated the first ever Top 10 record of their illustrious 41-year career with latest album Evil Spirits. 

British blues-rock prodigy John Fairhurst is gearing up to greet the new year head-on as he blasts out of 2018 with a date in Brighton. 

The streets of Brighton will feature folk tales of the world for the 2019 Brighton Festival Children's Parade next May. 

“In 1993 Primal Scream went to Memphis to make an album with Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section - that album never saw the light of day… until now,” says Bobby Gillespie.

Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK, including Theatre Royal Brighton.

Soaked in Tom Allen's signature waspish snobbery and self-aggrandising wit, his new show Absolutely addresses the elephant in the room that Tom is still living at home with his parents, because he can't afford not to – in Bromley, Kent: heart of leave voters and Theresa May's Brexit Britain


Brighton charity Same Sky this week launches its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2018, offering exclusive gifts in order to raise £5,000 and help secure the future of the event.

Founded by lead singer and songwriter Matt Belmont, Belle Mt formed during a period of withdrawal from live shows for Matt, where he dedicated himself to songwriting, beginning a journey musically and geographically.
The Barton Family

A couple who met at Brighton Dome have returned to the venue to launch a public competition to name a seat in the refurbished Corn Exchange or Studio Theatre.
(c) Wheatus 2018

It's hard to believe Wheatusdebut album is eighteen years old this year.
40 Shillings @ Prince Albert by Andy Sturmey

Brighton's 40 Shillings on the Drum, who are set to share a stage in Sussex with punk icons, UK Subs, later this month, say they also share the same ethos when it comes to songwriting and live performance.

“I'm excited to spread cheers and queers throughout Europe this season,” says Asia O'Hara, ahead of Christmas Queens visit to Brighton, next month.
AudioActive Patron Rag’n’Bone Man at The Movement Launch

Brighton's new Holler Brewery oversaw the launch of AudioActive's latest initiative in its manifesto to provide a solid foundation for local grassroots talent.

Today, 1st November, the World Of Underworld explodes as the band launch their perplexing Drift series - an epic year-long road trip by the band (Karl Hyde and Rick Smith) in collaboration with Tomato and friends old and new, from playwrights to DJs in jazz and techno to painters and poets.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd