In December 2016 it was decided that the lion population desperately needed new blood. The resident prides were not in good condition due to interbreeding over the years. Ezemvelo KZN Parks managed to acquire a trio of young males from a private reserve hundreds of miles north, close to the Kalahari Desert.
Due to the wonderful generosity of the Bateleur flying services the three brothers were flown to their new home in Hluhluwe Park accompanied by a veterinary officer. We were on hand to drive the drugged cats to their new boma, complete the medical examinations, place their collars and micro chips. It was a great honor to know that the Foundation had been involved in such an important project.
I was able to personally able to locate and view the brothers in 2017 with the team from ACT, the company directly involved with monitoring projects within Ezemvelo Parks. They were healthy and fit, very becoming of Kalahari lion.