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.
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!?
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 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.
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.