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Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia

by Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
Feed Orphan Cheetahs in Namibia
CCF's newest orphans
CCF's newest orphans

In mid July, CCF staff received a call that a collared female cheetah was found caught in a cattle fence and had died. At the time of her death, data from her satellite collar suggested that she had a new litter of cubs. CCF staff was able to trap all four cubs, and brought them to the centre. "Mischief" had sustained an injury while in the trap cage and required sutures on the front right chest. Then his brother "Phil" sustained a shoulder injury. For this reason, these four are known affectionately as "the Scars" and, because they were orphaned so young, will live their lives at CCF.

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In mid July, CCF staff received a call that a collared female cheetah was found caught in a cattle fence and had died. At the time of her death, data from her satellite collar suggested that she had a new litter of cubs. CCF staff was able to trap all four cubs, and brought them to the centre. "Mischief" had sustained an injury while in the trap cage and required sutures on the front right chest. Then his brother Phil sustained a shoulder injury. For this reason, these four are known affectionately as "the Scars" and, because they were orphaned so young, will live their lives at CCF.

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The three cubs delivered to CCF from a Namibian farmer who had cut them out of their mother--which he'd just shot--celebrated their first birthday in August. Despite their harrowing start in life, all three are very healthy. Just days after their birthday, they greeted a group of Namibian school children and behaved like true ambassadors. Thank you to everyone who has helped support CCF's orphaned cheetahs.

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Travels of NamibRand boys week of May 2
Travels of NamibRand boys week of May 2

A highlight in 2008 involved the re-introduction of five of CCF's cheetahs into the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the southwest of Namibia, where, when it was farmland, cheetahs had been eradicated in previous decades. These five males had been in captivity long enough that they had to relearn to hunt and kill. It took several weeks (with CCF staff providing them food until they could provide their own), but eventually they became proficient hunters. To encourage the males to stay in the reserve, two female cheetahs from CCF were also taken to the Reserve and placed in the 50-ha holding camp. Additionally, a wild mother with three nearly grown cubs was released into NamibRand. All are adapting very well, and the cubs have now left their mother to lead independent lives.

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Cheetah Conservation Fund

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
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Twitter: @Cheetah Conservation
Project Leader:
Beth Fellenstein
Dr.
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
$55,853 raised of $65,000 goal
 
875 donations
$9,147 to go
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