News The Chinese Tiger Project continues to move forward with the reintroduction of cheetah at Laohu Valley Reserve, new cubs being born and more scientific workshops with partners Another significant milestone for the Laohu Valley Reserve LVR and the Free State is the return of wild Cheetahs to the lands of the reserve as part of a special partnership project of Conservation Finance International and the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
The two male cheetahs were provided by the Endangered Wildlife Trust which is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people. Vincent van der Merwe of the EWT said: They will reach reproductive age soon after arriving at Laohu Valley.
They were born in a free ranging environment on a ha reserve, implying that their movements are constrained only by reserve fencing. Without the EWT, this would not have been possible. This is truly a historic day for the Free State and a milestone in the effort to restore Laohu Valley Reserve to its natural state.
The meetings were part of an effort to evaluate the progress of the South China Tiger Project and discuss next steps. Maria Fabregas on the rewilding of the tigers at Laohu Valley Reserve. The one male and two female South China tiger cubs appear rambunctious, healthy and strong, and have been carefully assessed by a veterinarian and biologists. This is definitely evidence of the success of the Project as a captive breeding program, and has been a significant contributor to the increased numbers of this subspecies.
The father was TigerWoods. Recent helicopter portrait by SCT advisor Petri Viljoen, show the two radio- collared cheetahs looking healthy, alert and checking out the noisy big bird. More Scientific Workshops In December , Laohu Valley Reserve hosted a scientific delegation from the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks and observed the rewilding program and considered its application in Malaysia.
He also ruled that there had been no impropriety by the husband or wife from a UK charitable perspective, rejecting various claims Ms Quan had made before the Court about the misuse of charity assets.
Hearing of this issue began in December and, following a lengthy adjournment, concluded in July. In this highly unusual divorce case, the wife had claimed that CTSAT, the operator of the Chinese Tiger Project on behalf of Save China's Tigers, was established not only to advance the cause of the Chinese tiger but also to provide financial benefit and support for the husband and wife personally.
The wife also alleged that charity funds had been diverted and used to support a lavish lifestyle for the couple, to the detriment of tiger conservation. Ms Quan's allegations were widely reported in the press in December Today's judgment unequivocally rejects her case with Mr Justice Coleridge commenting that a number of her allegations had been fabricated in order to advance her position.
The judgment represents the culmination of 25 days of court time including reading days. Mr Justice Coleridge came to his decision after examination of over 30 files of documents, taking into consideration witness examination and arguments put forward by experienced Queen's Counsel.
There is no doubt about the benefit to the public in the Chinese Tiger project succeeding. In respect of Mr Mason's evidence, the Judgment states: He was unable to conclude that any of the expenses had been used to fund the husband or the wife.
The untrue allegations made by Ms Quan have been damaging to the charity. Naturally, we regret the circumstances in which it became necessary to address these allegations and particularly the fact that our limited resources have been diverted from our conservation work with the Chinese tigers.
Now that the Court has so clearly exonerated both the charity and its officers of any wrongdoing, we will strive to restore the charity's reputation. We fully intend to put this episode behind us and refocus our efforts on the Chinese Tiger Project.
The Rewilding workshop included Dr. Results of the workshop confirmed the important role of the Chinese Tiger Project in tiger conservation. We need to use an adaptive learning process when tigers are introduced in China so one strategy might be to release two at a time.
Often when you do a reintroduction you may have to repeat the action in order to be successful. The father was King Henry who was born on the reserve in The cubs were born unobserved in conditions that replicate the free- ranging wildlife reserves in China into which they will later be reintroduced.
The cubs appear healthy but the sex is not, as yet, determined and will soon be carefully assessed by our expert team of wildlife managers. Two New Beautiful Cubs! Tigress Cathay moves a cub while another hides in the bushes. The answer to this question is critical for futur e conservation of endangered animals that are extinct in the wild but have surviving populations in zoos and reserves.
If these pampered captives cannot survive in the wild, then efforts to re- establish wild populations are fruitless. A new paper by conservation scientists documents the first empirical evidence that captive- born tigers can successfully hunt free- ranging prey adequately to meet their energy demands — a critical factor of their being able to survive in the wild and validating the use of captive animals to recover wild populations provided other reintroduction criteria are met.
The paper was authored by a multidisciplinary team of researchers: N red- listed as 'Vulnerable'. The reserve's three adult cheetahs are the only free- ranging cheetahs in the Free State province, making the three new cubs the first cheetahs born in the wild since their disappearance from the province in well over a century. Stuart Bray, co- founder of Save China's Tigers, said: Vincent van der Merwe of the Endangered Wildlife Trust said: Laohu Valley Reserve is one of the largest privately owned protected areas in South Africa.
While principally focused on the endangered South China tigers prior to re- introduction to protected reserves in China, the project involves the ambitious restoration of the reserve's 33, ha of habitat in an effort to restore the environment to its natural state. Ms Quan sensationally claimed in the High Court that she and her estranged husband had been using the assets of the charities which the couple helped found for non- charitable, personal benefit, including expensive holidays.
The charities have supported the operation of a large rewilding project in South Africa and China for the last 15 years. In support of this conclusion he referred to a number of angry and intemperate emails sent by the wife. It could not have been more thorough. His evidence was at every stage clear, detailed and consistent … He took great pains over the answers and made minor corrections as appropriate.
He also agreed with the wife wherever possible. His ultimate finding in relation to the husband was: As Miss Hughes vividly put it: Once again, the courts have dismissed these inventions and found in our favour based on the overwhelming evidence. We continue to look to the future and are making progress towards our goal of re- introducing the Chinese Tiger back to the wild in China.