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by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Support Martin our Cheetah
Martin the Cheetah
Martin the Cheetah

Martin our beautiful cheetah is now 14 years old and he is still in very good shape. He still acts as a great animal ambassador for our children. He quickly becomes the favourite animal of the children every week, especially when they see him at feeding time.

We are using the pulley as part of enrichment during dinner time which shows off his natural athletic side. The children love the opportunity to see what exactly a cheetah is capable of in the wild.

In the coming weeks, we will be providing more enrichment activities to his enclosure, so stay tuned!

Our little Martin is still having lots of fun now that his enclosure is filled with high grass. However, it’s getting dryer and dryer every day so soon he won’t be able to hide in there anymore.

Every morning he greets our children and volunteers when they go by his enclosure for their daily dog walk. He loves waiting for them by the fence and watching them all go by. And if they’re lucky he even runs to the other side to greet them a second time when they walk past!

Did you know that a cheetah’s tail is more than half as long as the rest of its body? Their body can grow to up to 1.5m long while the tail can have a length of up to 80cm. Another fun fact is that the cheetah is the biggest cat that can actually purr. Lions and leopards do not have the ability to purr, but cheetahs do. Although Martin doesn’t let us come close enough to give him belly rubs :D

Welcome to our newest update on Martin the cheetah!

We can happily announce that Martin is still living his best life here at our animal orphanage. The grass in his enclosure is pretty high now and he loves nothing more than to hide in there and lurk at the people walking by. During the dog walk every morning he sits by the gate to greet the children and volunteers passing by.

The kids who behave well during the week get the chance to watch Martin being fed on Thursday instead of helping with the animal stabling. Watching this huge cat catch his dinner is quite the sight! Most of these kids have never seen a cheetah in real life before coming to DAKTARI, so they’re always very excited to watch the spectacle on Thursday afternoon!

Did you know that cheetahs prefer flat land? They love roaming around in open areas and only rarely live in the woods. They can run at a speed of over 100km/h in the wild and mostly hunt on their own. All the reason more why Martin doesn’t mind being a resident at our camp, he has everything his big heart desires here.

We are happy to report that Martin is doing very well!


We try to keep him active by stimulating him with his food. In December, we gave a Christmas present to Martin. In it we hid pieces of meat and put the present in the middle of the enclosure.

We were very surprised by his reaction, because he was so interested in this present. First he lay down to unwrap the gift and discover what was inside. And then Martin took the box and went behind trees to eat peacefully and destroy the rest of the present. 

Once again he was a very happy cheetah with his Christmas present!

Festive Season
Festive Season

Dear Friend of DAKTARI,

As the year is almost finished, all of us at DAKTARI would like to simply thank you for your support during the year 2018. 

We welcomed 333 children for a week of environmental education, 40 youths for the job hunting program and numerous animals from squirrels, bushbabies, bushbucks, to even sable antelopes and a buffalo. 

The year was full of joy with the children and emotion with the animals. We faced many challenges and got over most of them. 

Our achievements were possible thanks to your support, so our success is also YOURS! 

Our cheetah Martin is in a very good health and has inspired many children and volunteers. He will have a very peaceful season, as well deserved by his excellent behaviour.

Obviously there won't be any fireworks or excessive amount of food for him but our deep love and respect for who he is. 

We wish you a wonderful festive season and will keep you updated on our progress in 2019. 

Lots of love and esteem. 


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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Twitter: @Daktariafrica
Project Leader:
Silke Gadeyne
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa
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