Free Sirga the Lioness

€46,776 of €70,000 goal

Raised by 639 people in 16 months
Created March 23, 2018
Sirga's story:
Sirga was around 10 days old when she was left behind by her family. She was hand raised by Val since then and she has become the most important thing in his life.
On many hundreds of walks in the savannah she learned to hunt and experienced life like a free lion. She is now 6 years old ready to live truly free. 
With the team from Modisa Wildlife Project we managed to find a suitable reserve for her, we built a new enclosure, moved our office and Sirga to the new home where she is now waiting for the door to open and walk outside and go on her hunts again.
The area earmarked for her is 2000 ha large and holds enough wildlife for Sirga to live here sustainable. Even wild lions are around!
Our team and especially Val will always be around to look after Sirga and she will have the option to find human help. If she gets sick we will take care of her, if she gets skinny we will feed her extra food, if she wants to hug Val she can but if she wants to be free and live a lions life, she can! One day when she is too old to hunt we will ensure her retirement will be spend with plenty of food and water and the necessary medical care while she can still roam her reserve. 
A GPS collar will ensure that we can find her should we not be certain of her well being and whereabouts. 
The fence on her reserve is a standard wildlife fence but needs electric wires as well as mesh wire in order for her to be safe from walking away into an area where humans and their livestock are and where lions get shot. The fence also ensures that humans cannot get near Sirga since there is a good chance she would cause a fatal accident if anyone else but Val encounters her.
The Modisa Wildlife Project is building a tourist facility for a ecotourism experience and the proceeds from the camp will ensure that Sirga will be taken care of financially in the future, her reserve's fence and fire-breaks will be maintained, fresh water will be available and whatever else she will need will be there for her. All in all in the long run Sirga is taken care of.
Funding is needed for the upgrading and electrification of her fence, as well as construction of watering points for Sirga and other wildlife in the area. It is a 20km fence line and if the necessary funds can be raised Sirga is only months away from being free.
Without fundraising it could take us years before we may make this happen for her and even if we would succeed she would be an older lady already since she is in her prime at the moment.
Sirga's story has been documented in a series on Netflix called "Saving Sirga: Journey into the Heart of a Lion" and can be viewed there.

Money will be spend on the following:
Transportation of building materials (fence poles, wire, solar panels, batteries, energizer etc)
Employment of local staff for the construction
GPS Collar and monthly subscription for data downloads
Fuel for vehicles
Cement and about 10km of piping to create the water points
Storage tanks for the Water
Food for staff while on site (approximately 3 months with 15 workers)
A vehicle to patrol the fence until the Modisa Camp becomes operational. 

Important Notice:
Through a fundraiser on a different platform we already managed to raise a substantial amount which has enabled us to move Sirga to her new home and for us to be there with our office as well as purchase an old 4x4 truck for all the the transportation. We also hired two staff members who make sure that Sirga is taken care of in case Val is not around. A lot of request for a gofundme page made us create this one. For all funds raised here we will subtract the equal amount from the other fundraiser .

Updates on Sirga and the progress with Modisa can be found here:

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Any amount is highly appreciated!

Thanks & big Sirga hugs ;-)
Wish you a wonderful weekend! ♥
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Raised by 639 people in 16 months
Created March 23, 2018
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