Tag Archives: Cheetah Centre

King Cheetah, Sebeka’s cut leg is treated

On Saturday, 4 November we noticed that our female King Cheetah Sebeka was bleeding from her hind leg, and on closer inspection discovered that she had cut her leg. Dr Rogers was called and he darted Sebeka. Within minutes the anaesthetic had taken effect and she was loaded onto a carry mat and carried to the back of the animal vehicle. A drip was connected to Sebeka, and Dr Rogers…
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Cheetah cub, Tara’s ongoing struggle with her leg

At the beginning of November last year, we noticed that something wasn’t quite right with one of our cheetah cubs Tara, as she wasn’t putting any weight on one of her forelegs. Dr Rogers took her for X-rays at Provet and the reason for the odd behaviour was discovered to be a broken humerus bone. How this happened we are not exactly sure. A splint was put on the leg…
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HESCies learn about the importance of termites to the eco-system

We had the pleasure of welcoming back the HESCies once again. This time the lesson was on the importance of termites to the eco-system.  To explain this in full we had a guest tutor – Dr Cornel du Toit – who holds a PhD in Entomology (which is the scientific study of insects). Shortly following their arrival, the HESCies made their way to the safari vehicle with Den Leader, Karel…
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Female cheetah, Salome, is examined

We noticed that Salome, one of our female cheetahs, had not been eating. As usual, we called upon Dr Rogers to come and examine her on 25 August. He darted Salome and drew blood that could be tested to see what could be the cause for her lack of appetite. Once done, the cat was transported to the hospital where she received two drips for rehydration and electrolytes. She was…
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HESC performs DNA profiling on four cheetah cubs

Many of our followers are aware of the cheetah DNA profiling we have been conducting. A change in regulations and the implementation of a new set of requirements for DNA profiling has necessitated this, and HESC has fully complied in order to get the necessary accreditation from various institutions. This is an extremely intense, tedious and stressful process – from the darting and subsequent monitoring of the cheetahs, to the…
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