CHEETAH PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
“To promote and fund the conservation of cheetah and other endangered species through captive breeding, research and public awareness.”
The Cheetah - one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful cats, is in danger. Highly specialised, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth, achieving an incredible top speed of 120 kilometers per hour. Sadly, this ability which is used for hunting has placed the cheetah in direct conflict with man. In order to achieve these high speeds, the cheetah requires open flat land – the same land man requires for agriculture. This loss of habitat, linked to low reproductive success caused by poor gene diversity, has reduced cheetah numbers to less than 10 000 worldwide.
The Cheetah Preservation Foundation was founded in 1988, with the principal aim of ensuring the survival of the cheetah and other endangered species, as well as educating our visitors about the plight of the these animals. The Cheetah Preservation Foundation also gives our visitors the opportunity to become pro-active in the conservation of endangered species, by joining as members and thereby contributing financially to our various conservation projects.
Through public involvement, the Cheetah Preservation Foundation was able to contribute and is continuing to contribute to the following projects and organisations:
SOME OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:
• De Wildt / NCCF -Three cheetahs (two males and one female) were received from the National Cheetah Conservation Forum of SA to improve our breeding stock.
• Namibia - We saved 13 cheetahs which had been caught in trap cages. These cheetahs were destined for certain death, had they not been saved. They were incorporated into our breeding program.
• The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens – Jerusalem“Desert”, a hand-raised cheetah from the Ranch was chosen to represent his species in the Holy Land.
• Auckland Zoo (New Zealand) - Lazarus and Ngala, two male lions from the Ranch now roam “Pridelands” which is their new aptly named enclosure at Auckland Zoo.
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom - 30 Enormous Nile Crocodiles were exported to Disney’s Animal Kingdom prior to the park’s opening in the Spring of 1998.
• Orana Wildlife Park (New Zealand) - Two wild dog females were transferred to Orana to join their three males named Kaz, George and Julius. The importation introduced new genes to the Regional Breeding program of Australasia.
• Australian Parks & Wildlife Service - The Cheetah Conservation Foundation assisted ‘Down Under’ by donating money to the Koala Rehabilitation Program after the devastating fires of December 1993.
• Pilanesberg National Park - Three wild dog males were radio collared and successfully released in the reserve. One of the males became the Alpha male of the pack.
• Bushmeat Crisis - In July 2002 the Cheetah Conservation Foundation donated R20 000 to the Bushmeat Crisis Working Group to support anti-poaching and anti-bushmeat activities in the Cross River National Park in Nigeria.
Cheetah Preservation Foundation
Should you wish to support the Cheetah Preservation Foundation we have the option of becoming a member. Please visit our ‘Become a friend of CPF’ page should you require any further information on ways to become involved or contact us.