MIDRAND, South Africa – The Mazda Foundation Southern Africa has helped the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization with the rescue of five lion cubs from a squalid zoo in Ukraine to a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.
SA-born wildlife activist Lionel de Lange approached Radio Jacaranda’s ‘Good Morning Angels’ programme for help to move the cubs – and the foundation stepped up to the plate with a donation and five BT-50 bakkies to carry the cubs from Johannesburg’s international airport to the Ubuntu sanctuary in Limpopo.
Craig Roberts, Mazda SA’s MD and foundation chairman, told The Corner in a media release: “It’s an incredible project so we agreed to support it to provide a safe home and save these magnificent African animals from the canned-hunting industry.”
On February 5 2020 a second support project helped to rescue another four lions from terrible living conditions and almost certain death by paying for air transport, and again provided BT-50 bakkies to move them. They are now in the Love Lions Alive sanctuary.
De Lange said: “To see the lions take their first steps on South African soil… there are no words to explain it. Thank you to the Mazda Foundation Southern Africa – they will now be safe for the rest of their lives.”
The Mazda Foundation SA was founded in 2017 to give back to the country through assistance in education and broader community support. Its aims and objectives include (but are not limited to) the provision of financial aid to funds, authorities, and institutions which provide:
- Help for youngsters, particularly the disadvantaged, through education and employment skills
- Help with education to excellence at all levels
- Help in developing technology to improve SA’s international competitiveness
- Help with maintenance and improvement of the natural environment
- Help with addressing community needs identified by the foundation
- Assistance for research, feasibility, surveys and other background work involving the above