Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Cheetah reintroduced in Free State after 100 year absence

Two cheetah released onto Laohu ‘Tiger reserve'
June 2013. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in partnership with Laohu Valley Reserve and Amakhala Game Reserve, is proud to announce the reintroduction of wild cheetah into the Free State. The Free State is the only province in South Africa that has not had wild cheetah for over 100 years, and the two males released at Laohu Valley Reserve constitute the first wild cheetah in the Free State since they were eliminated from that province during the colonial period.

"This reintroduction marks an extremely important moment in our battle to save the Cheetah from extinction. The reintroduction is the culmination of years of work and the building of great relationships and we are extremely excited to be returning this beautiful, fleet-footed African carnivore to the Free State," said Kelly Marnewick, Manager of the EWT's Carnivore Conservation Programme.

Moved from Amakhala Game Reserve
The two male Cheetah that were released at Laohu Valley Reserve in the Free State were born in July 2010 on Amakhala Game Reserve. Amakhala is a 5700ha reserve and the cubs have, from birth, roamed free on the property and hunted and fended for themselves.

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