Tag Archives: Cheetah Conservation

WCE – What the experience entails

Standing in front of the gate of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), you are able to see the rustle of employees and flurry of vehicles. You are left waiting in anticipation. What will this experience entail? The WCE is an intensive 21-day programme that will change how you think and feel forever. HESC places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of the cheetah in captivity but their focus…
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The Cheetah Breeding Project

Why breeding: Cheetah populations are genetically very uniform or monomorphic. This has been caused due to a bottleneck effect with the cheetah population genetics in the wild. Wild cheetahs often occur in small isolated, or patch populations that lead to further narrowing of the gene pool. Therefore, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’s (HESC) breeding programme aims to ensure the birth of cheetahs with distinctly different genetic lineages. Where possible these animals are…
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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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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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