One of our activities at CCF is helping with monthly waterhole counts. A waterhole count consists of sitting really quietly for 12 hours in a hide/blind (a tiny structure with a long skinny window) and counting how many of each kind of animal comes to drink. Four waterholes are counted each month at CCF’s Bellebeno Camp, where captive cheetahs that might be released in the wild get to practice their hunting skills. These counts give CCF an idea of which game species (potential cheetah food) and predator species (potential cheetah competition) are living there and roughly how big the populations are. These are some of the friends we met at our last two counts.
This is just a sampling of some of our local neighbors. There are many more nearby. This week we went on a nighttime animal count and saw an African wild cat and an aardvark!
-Chris and Jenna