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Two Boksburg Tigers have been liberated after two years of captivity, marking a milestone in South Africa’s wildlife protection efforts.


Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (22 February 2024) – In a heartening turn of events, the Boksburg Tigers have finally been liberated from their constrained existence, marking a pivotal moment in the campaign against the captivity of exotic wildlife in South Africa.

Two majestic White Bengal tigers, confined for more than two years within the walls of a residential property in Boksburg, Gauteng, were granted their freedom on Tuesday, 20 February 2024.

For far too long, these magnificent creatures endured the confines of an urban enclosure, devoid of the natural elements essential to their well-being. Their existence, characterised by concrete surroundings and devoid of grass or trees, reduced them to mere objects of human amusement, deprived of the freedom to engage in their instinctual behaviours.

The concerted efforts of the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), the Boksburg SPCA Inspectorate, and esteemed big cat veterinarian Dr. Peter Caldwell culminated in a meticulously orchestrated operation to secure the tigers’ release. With precision and care, the team sedated and safely transported the tigers from their confining quarters to an NSPCA Accredited Wildlife Facility, a sanctuary tailored to meet their specific needs.

The moment of liberation was bittersweet, as the tigers bounded eagerly into their newfound freedom, their senses awakened by the touch of grass beneath their paws for the first time in years. Their leaps exuded a sense of wonder and curiosity as they explored their new sanctuary, a haven free from the suffocating constraints of concrete and captivity.

The NSPCA stands resolutely against the confinement and exploitation of both indigenous and exotic wildlife for purposes unrelated to genuine conservation or sanctioned rehabilitation efforts. The release of the Boksburg Tigers represents a significant stride towards ending the inhumane practice of confining exotic species in South Africa.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations and deepest appreciation to the Boksburg SPCA for their unwavering commitment to championing the cause of animal welfare. Their proactive stance and unwavering dedication have played an instrumental role in ushering in this pivotal moment of liberation for the Boksburg Tigers and hope for the broader movement towards animal rights and conservation.

Sources: SPCA 
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