Meet our Pride
Our pride has unique experience in the industry
Steven’s passion for Wildlife started in early 2010 where he worked at numerous wildlife sanctuaries across Southern Africa. He soon realized he had the passion and ability to raise and look after a variety of South Africa’s wildlife including , leopards, cheetahs,Tigers, Wild Dogs but specializing in Lions , Steven continued to work at numerous big cat sanctuaries often being fired for asking to many questions regarding the Lions he was providing care for
After his father passed in 2015, Steven was left a life policy , He wanted to be around lions after the loss of his father so he called out to a animal planets ” Craig Busch AKA the Lion-man , This turned to be the breaking point as Craig convinced Steven to use most of his inheritance on building up Craig Big cat Sanctuary, After the money was gone, Craig desire to have Steve around the park was also gone, Not knowing Steve had documented his 4 months with Craig,
Steven was contacted by his Childhood Idol and the person who created Stevens desire to Work with Big cats, The True Lion man of Africa – Mad Mike Penman from the world famous Tv Show Mad Mike and Mark who had heard about what had happens to Steven, Together they worked alongside South Africa’s premier investigative Journalism Program Carte Blanche which had over 8 million viewers, Steven handed over all the evidence he had collected against Craig and in July 2016 the show was broadcast (Video Below)
Mike and Steve became close friends after discovering their mutual love for lions and dislike of people exploiting Lions, and in May 2015 Wild World Tours was born. A big cat safari company dedicated to educating the public on the dark underbelly of captive lions and the people involved in it
Unfortunately, Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep in January 2018. But Mike’s spirit and knowledge still runs deep in the Wild world pride and Steve and the rest of the pride continue to educate there guests on why it is always better to see Lions where the Belong, In the WILD !!!
Liza joined the pride in early 2017 after spending 3 years working as a animal caretaker which ran the Leopard , Lion and Tiger Cub section at a local zoo in Johannesburg, After having certain doubts regarding the captive industry Liza decided to book a tour with Wild World herself, Well after seeing her favorite animal , the majestic leopard in its natural and WILD environment she instantly realized she was following the wrong path,
After her tour she contacted us and due to her passion and knowledge of Little Big Cats she was instantly accepted within the pride, Liza is the mother of the pride and tends to each of our guests as if they were her cubs, She makes sure our guests get all the attention and information they require before booking,
She is currently studying to get her guiding qualifications so that she can leave the hustle of city and take our guests out as a qualified guide to find the Prince of the African Leopard, The mighty African Leopard ‘ Pantera Pardus ‘
Specialised Field Guide
It is an honor and privilege to announce that the author of the book ”My Life with Leopards” Mr Graham Cooke has joined the Wild World tours pride as a specialist field guide that will offer our clients a unique dedicated safari experience with him.
He will conduct guided Bush walks and Game drives in our 3 current parks of operation being The Pilanesberg National Park, Kruger National Park and Dinokeng Game Reserve, and also overseeing the set up of our Botswana and East Africa Tours we will be offering from 2019.
Being a Level 3 Tracker and FGASA assessor, this man is a true Legend of the African bush-veld and was one of Londoloza longest serving rangers who assisted John Varty. During this time Graham was given the task of raising 2 abandoned leopard cubs which Graham raised till he could release them into the Wild. Graham wrote the stories of his experience with these majestic big cats and in 2012 wrote an internationally acclaimed book and it is an honor to have him apart of the Pride
The Wild World Pride are never happier than when they are meeting with their clients and ensuring that their every need is met, to ensure their tour is more than memorable, and a safari experience that they will be talking about for years to come.
Wild World Tours does not condone the exploitation of animals in any way.
We stand united against any form of canned hunting or animal cruelty.
Our mission is to help educate our guests and help further the fight towards animal conservation to ensure our future generations can still enjoy the beauty of the wildlife that makes Africa the Motherland.
We have started a Facebook group called “United Against Canned Lion Hunting”.
We would love it if you joined us there.