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“Close encounters with Small Wild Cats”

Cat Conservation Trust
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Cradock
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Conservation centre for the indigneous small cats of Africa. See and learn about the CITIES Appendix I Blackfooted Cat (aka small spotted cat), African wild cat, Serval and Caracal. Informative fully guided tours have to be prebooked. We are involved in education, conservation and research of these species.
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Visited the sanctuary & saw Serval, caracal ^ African wild cat being fed. They are housed in cages with really realistic/natural places to hide & sleep. The care is wonderful & it is a great opportunity to see these small/ shy creatures which are normally nocturnal & impossible to spot in a nature reserve

Thank Paul Z
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

The drive to the conservation was eventful - sheep on road, beautiful trees, all types of animal life. The tour was highly educational. This is for a great cause. The cats are well taken care of and heathy. This was so informative and it was nice to see these animals close up and have more appreciation for them. Usually in the wild we see a glimpse of them or rarely see them. They are not only working on cat conservation but conservation as a whole for sustainability e.g. education farmer, children. Call a ahead to make a reservation. Feeding of the animals is done in the morning which was the best time for us to see them come out of there homes and hiding.

Thank Emerson3091
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

It's fun to get so close to such amazing and beautiful animals, and watch them interacting with each other and many of the stimuli provided. The work being done there seems to be a "good thing" e.g. not being raised to be shot, or as pets. The animals really are being cared for in the name of conservation, and this is a good opportunity to learn more about them and support the effort.

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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I was hunting on Richard & Marion's property, and we went with Marion one afternoon when she feed the cats. Marion was very knowledgable about the cats, and we could tell she really cared about the work they are doing there. The information she covered was very interesting.

Thank AWT416
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Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

While traveling through the East Cape, I came upon the Cat Conservancy in Cradock SA. This aroused an interest within, so my friend and I arranged a tour of the facility. We were greeted by Marion Holmes, who runs the program. She gave us an extensive tour and we learned so much about these smaller forgotten, but vital African cat species. We were fortunate to experience feeding time, so we got to see the cats come out of their hiding places. To me, it was as exciting as seeing a leopard or lion. The plight for these small cats is an uphill battle. However Marion is most dedicated and sacrifices much of her own time in an effort to prevent the potential extinction of these smaller African cats. A wonderful cause. I hope to come back again someday. Thank you Marion...

Thank Mike G
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