Cheetah Experience has closed their gates to the public due to Covid-19 as of Wednesday the 18th of March 2020. With tours being a big part of our income, this has massive financial consequences for a non-profit organisation like us. However, thanks to your donations, we have been able to keep the project up and running during the lockdown. We are amazed by the amount of financial and emotional support we've received in the last weeks, it is truly heartwarming to experience.
Your donation has helped us with the daily life at the project, such as feeding the animals, building material for our camps, medication, and much more. Please keep sharing our story with friends and family, as we will need all possible support as long as the lockdown continues. Thank you so much for all your support!
We have been really busy at Cheetah Experience lately with the big amount of rain we've been getting. The grass is growing quickly so we are trying to stay on top of things and cut and rake all the animals' camps so they have a nice home.
Once again, thanks to your donations, we have been able to give some of our animals some much needed medical care. Nikita, our Canadian wolf, is getting older so she had a full health check and it turns out that she is suffering from pancreatic insuffiency, which means that she will need vitamin B12 injections every 2 weeks. Thanks to your help, we are able to give her the medical care she needs.
Bruce, our meerkat, was also taken to the vet to get his nails cut and to do a full health check as well. It turns out he is one perfectly healthy meerkat, which is great news.
Last but not least, Mercury, one of our caracals, was spayed by the vet a few weeks ago. It was much needed because she was starting to show some behavioural issues, which have been so much better since her vet visit. The next one to be spayed, will be Saturn, also due to behavioural issues.
Thanks to your donation, we were able to look after our animals properly. We couldn't do this if it wasn't for you, so from the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say a big thank you to all of you. We wouldn't be able to do this without your help.
To work with big cats, especially Cheetahs can be sometimes very nerve wrecking. Our first priority will always be the health and well being of the animals. The best food for good health and a long life. You plan, and all of a sudden everything went wrong. You have a good supply of the best game meat that is very expensive, and then the freezer broke down. The donation money from our wonderful supporters then just literally goes down the drain. Parts to fix the problem will take another day to arrive to fix the problem. It is a nail biting situation. You start to phone everybody. We need meat, we must feed our animals. Money is rolling out. The cost to repair the freezer is sky high, the only option to get fresh good meat comes at a very high price. This is a nailbiting situation. We want to thank all our doners for the help, but unfortunately we are not making ends meet. We will have to put in more effort to get more people involved and help us to get a little bit more pease of mind. We will always put our animals first.
As you all know, Cheetah Experience is a public benefit organisation. This means that we rely on the public to keep our project going. These donations can go from money, to useful goods, but one of our most important donations are meat donations. Unfortunately, we haven't got a lot of meat donations lately, which is why we've had to buy meat for our animals. With most of our animals eating meat, it obviously takes a lot to get all of them fed. This is why we've used your donations to buy much needed food for our animals.
Another way your donation was used, has been to look after our alpha wolf Shakira. She hasn't been eating very well so we sedated her and did some blood tests. These showed Shakira suffers from pancreatitis and on top of that, her kidneys have begun to struggle a little bit as well. Unfortunately, this comes with older age so there's not much we can do about it. She is still bright and howling with Nikita so for now, we are keeping her comfortable and making sure she's not suffering. Thanks to your donation, we are able to give her the best life quality possible.
Faith, our 6 year old cheetah female, broke her toe while roaming her enclosure. Fortunately, we were planning to bring her up to the University of Pretoria to get some tests done to check her for gastritis as she has had recent digestive issues. We loaded Faith in the car and took her all the way to Pretoria, where she had a biopsy and a CT scan. Her toe was also stitched up while she was under.
Faith's test results were very positive and showed that Faith is in great condition. Her toe took a while to heal, but she had babysitters around the clock to look after her and make sure she wasn't using her foot too much, giving it some time to heal.
As you all know, medical procedures are very expensive. Thanks to your donations, we were able to get Faith fully checked out and have her toe fixed. Once again, we would like to emphasise how much your support means to us, because without you, we wouldn't be able to look after our animals. So on behalf of Cheetah Experience, we would like to thank you very much for believing in us!
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