Category Archives: Cheetahs

The world of a curator: Linri Janse van Rensburg

To give you a peek into the world of a curator, we’re going to be sharing some of their memories and experiences with you from now on. The first is going to be that of Linri Janse van Rensburg, our head curator, on how she hand-reared three little servals together with a tiny leopard. The job of curator not only entails ensuring the wellbeing of animals, but also brings fascinating…
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Cheetah Cubs Born at HESC

Shelly and her four cheetah cubs born early May in captivity at HESC have delighted all who have had the pleasure of seeing them. So beautiful and barely nine weeks old, the four cheetah cubs born at HESC earlier this year still sport the thick coat of fur, or mantle, that is characteristic of young cubs. The mantle is thought to provide camouflage and protection from predators in that it…
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A SUCCESSFUL SIX MONTHS SINCE TILLIE THE CHEETAH’S RELEASE INTO THE WILD

It has been nearly six months since Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) released Tillie, a captive-bred cheetah, onto the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve on 29 January 2019. Katie Rooke and the excellent team of the Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme have been overseeing her integration into the wild. The first six weeks Tillie was restricted to a predator-free boma to help her become habituated to her new surroundings. During this time she…
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Good News on Sophia, the Cheetah

  After we recently posted on our cheetah Sophiah who has been unwell, we received so many enquiries from supporters that we’d like to update you on her progress and fill those in who may have missed our initial posts. At the beginning of last week she suddenly became very lethargic and disinterested in her food. We contacted Provet Wildlife Services to come and have a look. Dr. Jenine Rabie and…
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PRESS RELEASE: British Princess attended release of a cheetah in a wilderness reserve

HESC released a seven year old captive-bred female cheetah in the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve during January 2019. The release formed part of the Southern African cheetah meta-population programme facilitated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), and entails selectively releasing captive-bred cheetahs to enhance the genetic diversity of the limited number of free-ranging members of the species in Southern Africa. The release is conducted in three stages. The first stage entailed a…
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