It is difficult to fault what is provided in terms of a tourist experience. You will see more preditors here than you are likely to find on a day out in Kruger ~ they are all lined up in large enclosures ~ snap away. The site is beautifully maintained and you view the various enclosures by driving past on an open safari vehicle until finally you get to drive within one of the bigger enclosures. The animals seem to be well looked after ~ their food is provided to a regular schedule ~ they have access to water and adequate shade..The enclosures are bigger and cleaner than you may have experienced to other wildlife parks. You therefore get plenty of nice pictures. There is an adequate snack bar and a tourist shop. So why my reservations ?
Unfortunately I found the visit a bit too clinical. For me it seemed to be more of a zoo than being an endangered species conservation programme. Information was lacking on how the animals get prepared for release into the wild. I had assumed this would be the ultimate objective for the centre. This may be the case but the visit prompted more questions than answers. We were not shown any areas which were large enough to allow predators to roam free and develop their hunting skills.The cheetah in particular learns stealth by hunting in long grass. Such grass was lacking in the enclosures we visited. Such skillls need to be acquired before a group of animals can sustain themselves in the wild. So I was left wondering ~ are these animals just being prepared for a life in captivity ? If that is the case this is just a tourist attraction rather than true practical conservation. I hope I am wrong.
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