“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:
Three cheetahs (two males and one female) were received
from the National Cheetah Conservation Forum of SA to
improve our breeding stock.
We saved 13 cheetahs which had been caught in trap cages.
These cheetah were destined for certain death, had they not been saved. They were incorporated into our
“Shadow”, their hand raised cheetah used
as ambassador to raise awareness through educational
programs, was born at Cango Wildlife Ranch.
“Desert”, a hand raised cheetah from the
Ranch was chosen to represent his species in the Holy
5 Cheetahs recently ventured Far East to China. The
Park’s new design and display concept caters for
a more enriched life for the cheetahs and incorporated
drive-through encampments for carnivores from around
Lazarus and Ngala, two male lions from the Ranch now
roam “Pridelands”, their new aptly named
enclosure at Auckland Zoo.
30 Enormous Nile Crocodiles were exported to Disney’s
Animal Kingdom prior to the park’s opening in
the Spring of 1998.
A shipment of animals including Cheetah, Lion, Wild
dogs and Crocodiles was sent off to the tip of Africa
in September 2000.
Four Cheetah and three Wild dogs were transferred to
the Zoo. We received a female wild dog in exchange after
the death of our Alpha female.
Corbin (m) and Demi (f), two cheetahs from the Ranch
have taken up residence in Austria. They have adapted
well to their new environment.
Three cheetahs named Valiant, Juma and Sultana were
transferred to Canada and have become part of the Canadian
Parks breeding group.
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.
The Cheetah Conservation Foundation assisted ‘Down
Under’ by donating money to the Koala Rehabilitation
Program after the devastating fires of December 1993.
Three Wild dog males were radio collared and successfully
released in the reserve. One of the males became the
Alpha male of the pack.