Along with Melena, Zuka & Secu; Tika came from a closed down Zoo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. She was part of the group of Big Cats held in horrible conditions that belonged to a Traveling Circus. Alongside Melena, Zuka & Secu – Tika was rescued during the raid by Local Police in the Northern Province Santiago del Estero, Argentina. They were all extremely malnourished & locked up in different compartments on a filthy Circus wagon. The state vets weren’t sure if these cats would make it & ordered a immediate removal of these animals.
They were then taken to the local Municipal Zoo. However, the Zoo closed down & a urgent HOME was needed elsewhere. Years of battle followed, until the then newly assumed mayor of Santiago, Norma Fuentes finally decided to bring them over to South Africa together with the unstoppable effort of her right hand, Fernanda Navelino.
And now, 2 years later at 20 years old this girl is still going strong & our Team is in awe of her majestic beauty! As most of you know by now, Tika was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel in her front paw earlier in 2020 and Dr Caldwell has her on daily medication for this. She has had her health obstacles, however with Dr Caldwell & the Ubuntu Team giving her the required supplements & care – Tika is one beautiful Tiger Queen enjoying her life to the fullest. Tika has reserved the right to her royal title as Queen – and don’t you dare forget it.