See you soon little lions.
Sadly, we leave tomorrow for Madrid. What are we leaving behind? We leave our two lovely,
very special, (not so little anymore), lions, Yame and George, some very good friends, and
wonderful memories of our time in South Africa.
What do we take with us? We take my red and black checkered Yame and George shirt,
(worn almost every day), shredded and torn from many moments of fun and play, their blue
brush – used daily, as they loved the feel of it on their skin, (rather like momma lion giving
them an all over nice lick), a favorite toy, my chewed up boots, and countless pictures of our
times together. We will visit our friends at Fauna y Accion where the cubs lived for over three
months. It will be very hard to see the cubs' little apartment, where they played, and most likely,
find the other toys and odds and ends they left behind that Tete has gathered up to remember
them by as well.
George and Yame have become a part of who we are. We will carry them with us in our hearts
and our prayers wherever we go. We will always remember also how much they have loved us
and trusted us and all that they have taught us about kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.
We will look forward to seeing them again soon and in the meantime, we will follow their
progress through pictures and updates from Kevin’s sanctuary which we will share with you all
We hope that you will remember them and remember also what their rescue has meant to
the important work we are trying to do at CACH. Yame and George are your ambassadors –
ambassadors that you have chosen to support in our common mission to save our lions. You
have helped make their story such a success. All of you who have given that support, regardless
in what way – however great or small – have sent them on this journey. They belong to the
world now. They stand as a reminder to all of us that cruelty and suffering should have no place
in our hearts or in our actions. It must end.
Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan have worked endlessly to give us this opportunity to help end cub
petting and canned hunting. It was the two of them that brought this whole story together.
While we were off in search of Yame and George, they were putting a plan together as to how
these two cubs could globally make a difference - change the hearts of people everywhere
before it is too late. Now we need to do everything that we can to assure that their hard work
will inspire others to step forward and meet the challenge of fighting for the innocent victims
who cannot fight for themselves.
We hope you enjoy these latest pictures of Yame and George. While we will miss them, we
find great joy in seeing them so happy just being normal lions and we know that after so much
suffering, they have found a future which offers them at long last the peaceful life they deserve.
CJ & Luis.
To view the Powerpoint Slideshow of the whole adventure, click on this link.
Life's a little boring on the ground - last one up the tree is a baboon
Bird cub building his nest
George go find your own tree, this one is mine
I told you this was my tree!!!!
Satisfaction at last