To the wild!
A few weeks ago, CCF released four previously captive cheetahs into Erindi Private Game Reserve where they have began their lives anew in the wild! These four boys, called the “Leopard Boys,” were re-wilded earlier this year and Erindi offered to provide them a new home. The boys were all darted and fitted with VHF radio collars (so they could be tracked and monitored on a daily basis in their new home) and loaded up into transport boxes for the 2 hour trip to Erindi. The release went great and Ryan Sucaet, the head of CCF’s re-wilding program, monitored them for the 2 weeks following the release. He is now back at CCF and reports that the boys are doing great on their own in the wild!
Recently, I added a new feature to the ambassador’s enclosure. Cheetahs enjoy places where they they can see long distances, so I built a very large mound in their enclosure. It’s taller than the fence so when they are on top, they see over the fence with no obstruction to their view. From it they have a full 360˚ view and most definitely enjoy spending their time up there (as you can see from the pictures below). When we first let them out into the enclosure with the mound, they made a B-line for it and have since been spending many hours lounging on top.
Last week I drove on a field count (a method for estimating prey abundances in our big field) and on the way back from the count I managed to get a few great pictures of a Kori Bustard taking flight. These birds are massive so when they first take off it’s like watching a commercial airline jet taking off.
Sorry it has taken so long for me to get a new post up, but finding extra time isn’t always the easiest here at CCF. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions and I’m open to any comments. Until next time…