Cheetahs, Giraffes, and Oryx, Oh My!

This morning we took a drive to check on all the cheetahs at CCF, the farthest distance being Bellebenno Camp 45 minutes away. There are a total of 46 cheetahs at CCF right now, some will live the rest of their days here, and some will be released into the wild. We not only saw cheetahs, but loads more wildlife along the way!

These 4 boys are a distance from the CCF center to keep them more wild as there is potential to release them, if a proper site is found.

These 4 boys are a distance from the CCF center to keep them more wild as there is potential to release them, if a proper site is found.

Oryx is one of the largest animals cheetah prey one. A female alone likely could not take one down, but a group of males certainly could.

Oryx is one of the largest animals cheetah prey on. A female alone likely could not take one down, but a group of males certainly could.

Male giraffes attempting to mate with each other!?

Male giraffes attempting to mate with each other!?

Baby tortoise crossing the road.

Baby tortoise crossing the road.

This female cheetah is in a large enclosure and was posing for us when we arrived. Isn't she beautiful!

This female cheetah is in a large enclosure and was posing for us when we arrived. Isn’t she beautiful!

This is one of 10 females in a very large enclosure. 8 of the 10 may be eligible for release. They are wild enough to not be happy to see us when we arrive. The challenge here is to find a safe place to release eligible cheetahs into the wild.

This is one of 10 females in a very large enclosure. 8 of the 10 may be eligible for release. They are wild enough to not be happy to see us when we arrive. The challenge here is to find a safe place to release eligible cheetahs into the wild.

Jackal. We saw a family of about 10. They look somewhat like a cross between fox and coyote, but with huge ears. This is the animal we hear screaming in the night.

Jackal. We saw a family of about 10. They look somewhat like a cross between fox and coyote, but with huge ears. This is the animal we hear screaming in the night.

Warthog baby and mom. Each morning we have breakfast with them and other warthog families.

Warthog baby and mom. Each morning we have breakfast with them and other warthog families.

Day 1, after the cheetah run. The cheetahs chase a rag on the ground that gets them up to half of full speed. This keeps the captive cheetahs near the center well exercised.

Day 1, after the cheetah run. The cheetahs chase a rag on the ground that gets them up to half of full speed. This keeps the captive cheetahs near the center well exercised.

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8 thoughts on “Cheetahs, Giraffes, and Oryx, Oh My!

  1. lonna

    all i can say is WOW. this is an adventure of a lifetime. doesn’t it feel unworldly being in the company of these animals? when i first saw african animals in the wild it was like an out of body experience! love it. my experience with warthogs – they love sweet potatoes.

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  2. Amy R

    This is truly amazing. I love reading your blog and seeing all the pictures. I couldn’t be happier for you both. I know you will do such great work there. Lots of love, Amy

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  3. Caitlin Slutzky

    Wow. I am inspired, awe-struck, and heart-opened. I love the tales you tell – with both words and pictures. And I love you both. Your adventure continues…please keep these coming. xoxoxo

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  4. Ben and Shana

    Your photos are beautiful!! You are seeing so much so soon, I can only imagine that your experience will deepen as you learn more about the animals and the land. So happy for you both, keep the photos and stories coming.

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  5. Katheen Hinson

    How amazing!! Jenna Im so happy for you both! What a beautiful adventure, Ill be following closely, and sharing all your photos with lucca as well.. All my love..

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