Our vet, dr Peter Caldwell, came with a group of veterinary students from www.thewildspirit.com to sterilize our lionesses Nora, Mahli, Ziera and Nala. These students, from all over the world, go to different conservation and sanctuary facilities and learn about veterinary procedures on wildlife.
However good life for big cats is at The Lions Foundation, we want to prevent that more wild animals have to live in captivity. If the male lion is not already sterilized, we used to implant birth control medication into the lioness. Because the lionesses need to be sedated every year for this, we decided to sterilize them instead.
The operations all went very well, and soon the ladies were returned to their mates.
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Why do you sterilise the lions if I may ask?
Hi Naureen, thank you for your interest in our sanctuary. We sterilise either the lioness or the lion of a couple, to prevent more lions being born in captivity, that would need shelter which is scarce. It is almost impossible to release big cats back into the wild, as these animals have been too dependent on people, they have never learnt to survive in the wild and they would be prey to poachers.