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Santago Rare Leopard Project threat of closure

Santago Rare Leopard Project threat of closure - Photographer's favourite, the Santago project, is under threat of closure unless money can be raised to fund a dramatic increase in the cost of public liability insurance required to keep the project running.

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Santago Rare Leopard Project An unexpected hike in insurance, along with critical illness of owner Peter James, puts the popular Rare Cat Project, Santago, under threat of closure unless money is raised for partner Jackie to continue.

A popular attraction with many photographers and the destination of many photography workshops, Santago was started in 1989 by Peter James and is now home to a variety of Clouded, Snow, African and Black Leopards as well as Puma – totalling 14 big cats.

Photographers who hold photography workshops at Santago, or have done in the past, include Keith Hughes, Chris Weston, Andy Rouse, David Hemmings, Brian Hall of EOS Experience and John Wright of Photographers on Safari.

The original aim of the project is to breed the most endangered types of leopard, particularly the clouded and snow, to be released back into the wild in an attempt to avoid their extinction.

Unfortunately, Santago have recently experienced problems with troublesome neighbours and to make matters worse Peter was diagnosed with a terminal illness just a year ago and is now in a critical state. To keep the project alive Peter's wife, Jackie, will take over the business, but she has to acquire a dangerous animal licence to allow Santago to continue. This licence requires public liability insurance, now only provided by specialist insurance companies, and initial estimates suggest this will cost over £7,000, an unexpected and dramatic increase from the previous £180 cost.

While providing 24 hour care for her husband, Jackie now has the added pressure of raising the insurance money by 31st December. If the sum is not raised, Santago is in danger of being closed down.

ePHOTOzine has stepped in to help raise awareness and prevent the project from closing.

AMENDMENT
We appealed for donations to fund the cause and help the Santago Project. We raised over £1100 for the cause. A big thank you to all the donors.

 

 

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tj e2
11 2.0k England
13 Dec 2007 12:28PM
Forum thread HERE.

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
22 Dec 2007 7:26PM
Come on people... every tenner helps. Good luck Jackie.
23 Dec 2007 11:01AM
Don't be a xmas grinch...

save these rare leopards by SAVING BUNNY...
http://www.ephotozine.com/u51064/gallery/770153
Hozzell 6 2
27 Dec 2007 1:48PM
I was sent this message on a different forum before Christmas. I was wondering if anyone had contacted The Cat Survival Trust, also located in Welwyn to see how they get round such problems? I will try and find an email address now but just wondered if anyone else had got there first?
mumfie2003 8 12
28 Dec 2007 10:34PM

Quote:I was wondering if anyone had contacted The Cat Survival Trust, also located in Welwyn to see how they get round such problems?

AFAIK the Cat Survival Trust is a registered charity and visitors have to complete a membership form to visit the site.
http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org
santago 6 1
9 Jan 2008 11:04PM
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped with trying to get the nightmare of my insurance sorted out, I think I may have got some good news on that today, but still need to check it out a bit more, Jo will keep you updated on this.
Also thanks for everyones kind messages following the death of my lovely Pete, it does help me knowing so many people care.
Jackie xxx
pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2008 11:21PM
So sorry about your husband Jackie. I hope you get some solace from knowing that people here do care about you and the animals. A problem such as you have had to deal with must have made life so difficult.
Penny

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