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New Year! A Heartwarming Story to Start the © Richard Badger www.richardbadgerphoto.com The workups © CCF


In November last year, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia collected three cheetah cubs rescued by a farmer near Hochfeld after another farmer had trapped them and sadly shot their mother. The orphans were approximately four months old.


Once at CCF, the cubs were anaesthetised the following morning for a health check-up and sample collection by Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF veterinarian Dr. Gaby Flacke, veterinary nurse Rosie Glazier, cheetah husbandry team Juliette Erdstieck and Rachel Shairp, as well as several interns and two working guests.


The cubs, all males, had no trauma wounds, although they were quite thin from not having eaten for several days while in the trap. They were given vaccinations and treatments for de-worming and flea/tick prevention, as well as transponder microchips for identification purposes.


The cubs are doing fine, having been introduced to a female cheetah with two six-month-old cubs in hopes the mother cheetah would adopt them... which she has!


CCF fitted the mom with a satellite collar and released the expanded family into the wild on 9 December. It has been very rewarding to see this bonding, as the orphan cubs have become very close to their new mom.


What happened with these cubs is exactly the type of situation that CCF aims to avoid through education and outreach programs to teach people that there are many ways to prevent and reduce predator conflict issues, other than shooting the predator. As it is customary, the CCF staff invited the farmer who shot the mother to learn more about predator-friendly farming tools. As for the farmer who rescued these cubs we truly appreciate his involvement.


Help save the wild cheetah, visit: www.cheetah.org Two of the three Hochfeld cubs © CCF


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