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Two Cheetahs Released At Inverdoorn Game Reserve

April 24, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

After a lot of hard work and high hopes from the dedicated team at Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) the second step in their rescue and rehabilitation programme has been completed.

Two wild cheetahs have been released to roam free at Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge.

Based in the Ceres Karoo, two and a half hours from Cape Town, the cheetah centre was founded in 2001. The rescue and 197737_num719896_600x600rehabilitation of cheetahs is complimented by the breeding and interaction programmes. The former aims to increase the number of the species, as well as their genetic diversity. The interactions allow guests to meet Velvet and Iziba, the tame cheetahs, while chatting to handlers and volunteers about the conservation of this amazing big cat.

Besides interacting with cheetahs and visiting the centre during the game drives at the reserve, guests have the opportunity of watching cheetahs run after the sunset safari. These runs form an important part of both the breeding and rehabilitation programmes. With wild cheetahs now roaming free in the game reserve, guests have something extra to look out for during safaris.

The two cheetahs have adapted well and successfully hunt lechwe, duiker, springbok and even ostrich. The team chose to release one male and one female into the reserve in the hopes that they will mate and bring cubs into the world. In the reserve the work continues as the team monitors the cheetahs’ progress, while the centre continues to rehabilitate the other cheetahs so that hopefully, one day, they too will enjoy the same freedom.

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