I got an interesting press release today from Lente Roode, Founder of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre that warmed my heart….her news usually does because she and the team are instrumental in rescuing African animals from the harm that man puts them under.
They are releasing 2 captive-bred male cheetah into Makhado Air Force Base, in the far north-east of South Africa close to the Zimbabwe border, to keep grazing animals off the air strip. It’s a pretty remote spot where animals roam free, but the wild animals have become used to aircraft noise and are no longer frightened at the sound of an oncoming plane.
Enter Cheetah Patrol!
Wim & Tobie – two male cheetahs from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre are going to patrol the area and live as if in the wild. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre rescue cheetahs – amongst other animals – because farmers are still killing them to protect their livestock. They also breed cheetah to help improve the gene pool, which has become very stagnant.
Why male captive-born cheetahs?
Do you know other happy stories like this? Do tell!
For another great cheetah story where they climb into the safari vehicle, see this post.