Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has successfully released three relocated lions after eight weeks in isolation.

This is the first time Mount Camdeboo has had lions in 180 years.

The lions were relocated from Limpopo’s Marakele National Park and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth, as part of their owners’ individual plans to find safe environments for their growing lion populations. By making the reserve available for species that may otherwise be culled or poached, Mount Camdeboo plays a vital role in the increase in numbers as well as allowing genetic diversity.

Mount Camdeboo’s Iain Buchanan says: “The cats were darted in order to make it as stress free as possible as well as for the veterinary team to be able to undertake their regular health checks. It is of great importance that these creatures are returned to their natural environment and I am so proud to have been able to facilitate this.”