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Newsletter 54
20/04/12

Corbett's Freedom


Corbett confined in small boma

Hello Friends 

After receiving so many angry, caring and passionate emails, messages on our blog, twitter and facebook, I now feel positive about the future of the Tiger Corbett. 

I made people "physically ill". I've been compared to Mugabe and to the Hitler.  I've been offered a choice between death and castration.  Can I come back to you on that one!

On the positive side, I received potential homes for Corbett in Colorado, the Sunderbans, Siberia, Sariska, in South Africa and in China where he can "hunt Chinese tiger poachers".

Many of you thought he needs a mate and sex, others thought castration will get rid of his aggression. 


tigers mating

Others told me that I must not "dilute the gene-pool". Jules Brenner sent me an article (American Scientist) about the aggressive gene. This was valuable input and I thank you.

Cam Steele believes this world is for "every animal, not just for humans". Gary Thomas told me that I "lived to tell the tale, let Corbett live to share the tale". 

The main thing is that hundreds of people participated in the debate and hopefully a good decision was made.

It is amazing that with technology, we can talk to each other across the world. All of us concerned for this planet have communication tools to change, to save, to adapt. 

The human population is now 7 billion people and we are pushing many species, including the tiger to the brink of extinction. 

I'm doing well in hospital and walked 800 steps without help today. Hopefully I will be back at Tigers next week and can continue with rehab at home.  

During all this time, I have of course gone through my own evolution and this is what I have decided to do:


potential new area

I will create a 300 Ha area for Corbett. On the ground, the fence will be heightened and strengthened. Where there may be danger, double gates will be installed.

Animal communicators will be invited to communicate with Corbett in his boma and then when he is set free to see how he feels. 


fence

If you would like to contribute to Corbett's boma, you can do this through the Savannah Fund (see below).

In addition, I will shortly hold an auction in Johannesburg to raise some of the R3 million that I need (details will follow). 

  • One of the things we will auction, is a life size bronze statue of Corbett. As I write this well known artists John Bassi is working out the logistics of how to create this magnificent bronze which will weigh 300 kilograms.

  • At the auction 15 of the best photos by Daryl and Sharna Balfour, Lorna Drew and Yvette van Bommel will be auctioned off.

  • Safaris from well known lodges will be auctioned,  two big cat safaris will go under the hammer.

  • For any collectors, replicate jackets of the one JV wore which gave him protection against Corbett's teeth, will be auctioned. 

My new book "Hand Brake Safari - A Journey with Tigers" will be launched. Written with humour, it tells of the last 12 years of tiger conservation. The blood, the sweat, the tears, the joy, the sadness and of cause the attack.

At the auction there will also be a thank you ceremony for Julie Brown, Julie Ann Reid and Phumlani Nchunu whose incredible bravery saved my life. 

If anyone has anything of value, a painting, an art piece, a herd of blesbuck, a sable bull antelope, anything that has value that can be auctioned, please contact Sunette (info@jvbigcats.co.za)

We will let you know the final details of the auction, however, the first of June at 6pm in Johannesburg has been targeted.

When the new boma is completed and fully stocked with prey, Corbett will be darted, weighed, measured and then he will be transported to his new area. One or two mature tigresses will join him. The area will be stocked with kudu, warthog, mountain reedbuck, blue wildebeest, impala, blesbuck and springbuck. 

In the meantime, I need to get back to full fitness. Thank you again for thousands of messages from across the world. In my darkest hour, I could feel the positive energy.

Thank you to the staff, the sisters and the doctors that treated me at MediClinic in Bloemfontein. I am extremely grateful.


Corbett after operation

The threat by lethal injection of Corbett is gone and the freedom route will be followed. You have the satisfaction of having influenced my decision and I thank you for it.

Tread lightly on the earth
JV

Savannah Fund:

SEVEN FALLS TRADING (PTY) LTD
FIRST NATIONAL BANK - TROMPSBURG
A/C 62094732693
BRANCH CODE: 230932
SWIFT CODE: FIRNZAJJ
IBAN: 230932 62094732693
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
32 CHURCH STREET
TROMPSBURG
9913
SOUTH AFRICA

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
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