SOUTH AFRICA: Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen and family playing cards with one of the cheetahs.
Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen shares her modest home with 11 orphaned or abandoned wild cats. At present she is looking after 4 cheetahs, 3 white lion cubs, 2 lion cubs and 2 tiger cubs, all of which she has raised since they were just days old. She was given the cubs by some local safari parks and itês her job to mother them until theyêre big enough to fend for themselves. Safari parks and zoos from around the country offer her cubs that they cannot accommodate and she diligently raises them by hand. –In captivity itês common for the mother to abandon one or two of her cubs,” said Riana who often receives the cubs when they are just days old.
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