Macho and Sabre were rescued by a family in Bulawayo who found them abandoned as tiny kittens.
This family raised these majestic cats into adulthood, where they then approached us to try and help find a suitable release option for these cats.
One of the big problem when it comes to releases is finding a suitable site as many areas have large problems with poaching and snares. The family gave Macho and Sabre a great chance at freedom as they did not imprint themselves on these cats and rather raised them as wild animals and not domestic cats.
The two siblings came to Free to be Wild to start their rehabilitation process, where we were fortunate enough to get a semi-wild enclosure sponsored by NIKELA and fence Africa.
Sabre and Macho started to learn how to become wild cats, learning to stalk hunt and kill, climb jump and run, as well fend for themselves in the semi wild enclosure. After several months of tracking and monitoring their progress we started to look for a suitable release site and we were so fortunate to link up with Longueville Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary who offered their farm as a phase two release site for Free to be Wild.
Next we built the cats a temporary holding enclosure in the beautiful Kopjies on the release site. Once this was completed we transported the cats to their new home where they would acclimated in the temporary enclosure. When they began eating naturally it was time to let these cats roam their new lands freely.
We were very grateful to receive two tracking collars kindly donated by the Tikki Hywood Trust to help us monitor the success of their release. With regular sightings and follow up monitoring we are happy to say that these two servals are living a happy life in the wild.