Dear Friends, Fans and Adopted Family,
It is with great sorrow that I am writing you this note today that on March 19, 2014 in the early afternoon our beloved 17 year old White Tiger Friend and Brother, “Mantecore” left us and is now with his siblings in White Tiger heaven. My lifesaver, “Mantecore”, who was the one responsible for pulling me to safety where the Paramedics could help me after my high blood pressure made me dizzy on stage. He is greatly missed, however, I have my memories and I know that now he is playing with his brother and sister.
I remember that when someone passed away my Mother always said, “They never really leave us they just go ahead”. For me, without “Mantecore” the Secret Garden feels empty; however, there are still 11 more White Tigers and 2 White Lions to remind us of our Ark of Noah – not to forget our 2 Black and 6 Spotted Leopards! Spring is in the air, so things could change as we have at least 2 females who are of age for breeding giving me hope for a New Generation.
I am sorry I had to deliver this sad news – now we need time to heal….I feel like a part of me is gone. As you all in reality know the story, “Mantecore” was one of a litter of three cubs born to a first time Mother. She was able to care for the first two babies, but by the time “Mantecore” arrived, she was so exhausted she wasn’t paying any attention to him. Without thinking twice I went into her space and got slowly closer; his umbilical cord was still attached, so I pinched it off with my fingernail and scooped him and placed him near her, and then she started to lick him. With a big sigh of relief I left the den, only to be called back later because he wasn’t looking so well. I went back to find him pretty lifeless, with a cold nose and blue lips. I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and put him inside my shirt and held him tight. I told my staff to warm some towels in the microwave. With this little bundle of black and white stripes I made my way back to the Jungle Palace where we have a full nursery. My Mom took over his feeding every three hours and slowly but surely he recovered. My mouth-to-mouth resuscitation brought him back – I saved his life and then he saved mine, so we were even. His contribution to the avalanche of awareness of Conservation and Preservation as well as countless appearances in our Show, Television and Movies makes him unforgettable.
The flags at Little Bavaria are flying at half-mast – thank you everybody for listening – do not feel sad, I have wonderful memories.
Farewell my dear friend…..know that your image is forever burned into my heart.
“Sitarra” was the matriarch of our White Tiger family, insuring our effort to return the White Tiger to the planet. We feel it is not just the right of all of us to protect Wildlife, it is our obligation.
It is our “Hallelujah” to be one day known as the men who brought the White Tiger and White Lion back from extinction. In all reality we could all be called “ventriloquists” as we stand behind, unwavering, with the strength of the elephant, the voice of the Tiger and the roar of the Lion in the name of conservation and preservation.”
Dear Friends and Fans,
Everything you put into the New Year is up to you. You design every day to your liking – with a big smile – and be happy that you have an extra day to live.
Live with great ambition, but also with laughter and especially health and happiness.
We treasure the loyalty you have shown to us for all of these many years. The New Year will provide Magic for you. Remember you can put your own magic in your life – help it along. Do not be afraid to try something new - if you do, you will grow.
Do not be discouraged; if you fall down you will pick yourself up and stand again.
As you can see from us, where there is a will, there is a way to overcome all obstacles.
Love & Happiness from the Siegfried & Roy Family
And a big “ROARRRR” from the Animals!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY EVERYTHING!
Christmas is a time to be together with your Family and Friends. We all have people that we haven’t spoken to for years; be strong enough to take the first step and give them a big hug! A hug a day will keep the Doctor away and bring love and light into your life.
Always remember: the Man Upstairs loves us all equally, no matter our race, if we are rich or poor, young or old – we are all alike in his eyes and is guiding our way no matter what.
THESE ARE DARK TIMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE WORLD AS NELSON MANDELA’S LIGHT HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED.
WE ARE SO LUCKY THAT HE LEFT US THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO CONTINUE HIS LEGACY. HE WAS WISER THAN ANY SHAMMAN WE EVER MET. HE WAS IMPORTANT AND STRAIGHT FORWARD, JUST LIKE OUR MIGHTY LIONS, AND AS STRONG AS AN ELEPHANT. HE WAS A HUMANITARIAN LEADER WHO TRULY DESERVED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.
WE SALUTE YOU, OUR GENERAL – BE ASSURED YOUR TEACHING WILL BE HELD SACRED AND CONTINUED BY US. THE WAR IS OVER. YOU SUCCEEDED FOR ALL OF US. NELSON MANDELA WAS LARGER THAN LIFE, A LEGENDARY LEADER WHOSE HONORABLE ACTIONS IN HIS QUEST FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY ESCALATED HIM TO A LEVEL THAT NO OTHER MAN ACHIEVED. HIS INSPIRATION AND VISION HAVE LEFT BEHIND A HERITAGE THAT IS ETERNAL.
WE SALUTE THIS PASSIONATE VISIONARY WHO WAS A SIMPLE MAN THAT BECAME AN EXTRAORDINARY ICON.
AUF WIEDERSEHEN AND FAREWELL WITH A BIG “ROARRRRRR” AND RESPECT TO THE LARGEST OF THE “BIG FIVE” FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. WE ALL HAIL THE GREAT
WITH MAGICAL LOVE,
Dear Friends and Fans,
This is the time to “reach over the fence” and give a good handshake to your neighbors, wish them the best for the coming year and set the stage for a holiday season of celebrations full of gratitude. We offer you our suggestion with love and respect and we will do the same here! If we could get everyone to join us, the world would be a better place. There’s an old saying, “What can I do, I am only one person?” but one man can make a difference.
Humbly, look at Siegfried and I – we preserved two magnificent creatures, first the White Tiger and now the White Lion… and this Thanksgiving, we have decided to pardon the Turkey, as you can see in the photo. They have all joined us so we may together celebrate at Little Bavaria!
Wishing you all the best of the Season,
Siegfried & Roy
Please join us today every day in celebrating our military heroes and being grateful for the peace they make possible for all of us. If you know a service person or see one in public, please let them know you appreciate their service and are thankful for their sacrifice. If we all can devote a few moments of our time each day to promote peace among men, we hope to truly see the End of All Wars in or lifetime. Remember, Nothing Is Impossible.