The Born Free Foundation’s annual ‘Big Cat Nap’ is taking place this week (until July 6), and you can help out in the simplest way possible...by relaxing!
The ‘Big Cat Nap’ highlights the plight of some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals through a range of sleep-themed activities. In honour of male lions (who sleep for 23 hours a day), participants can choose to wear their pyjamas out and about for the day, get sponsored to stay in bed or even invite the grandchildren over for a slumber party, raising money while you're at it.
With big cat numbers plummeting and only 25,000 lions remaining in the wild in Africa and an estimated 3,500 tigers living wild in their native India, work to save these iconic species is desperate and has reached critical levels.
Born Free’s work is ongoing and just last weekend, the charity was involved in the rescue of another endangered big cat, a baby cheetah from an animal trader in Ethiopia. The ‘little big cat’, named Fentene, is now enjoying life at Ensessakoteh, Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre in Ethiopia.
All money raised through the ‘Big Cat Nap’ will go directly to supporting Born Free’s big cat projects - helping to protect threatened big cat species in the wild, as well as assisting in the daily care of the charity’s rescued big cats such as Sinbad the lion and Sami, Alam and Namira the leopard triplets who were rescued from terrible conditions and now live in another Born Free sanctuary at the Shamwari Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.
To find out more about the Big Cat Nap and to sign up visit www.bornfree.org.uk/the-big-cat-nap