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Choose a resident cheetah to sponsor

Please become a conservation partner and assist us by covering part or all of the annual costs for caring for these non-releasable cheetahs. Each cheetah costs CCF an estimated £2,500 a year in care. These costs include food, veterinary care and pen maintenance.

If you sponsor the cost of the care of a CCF non-releasable cheetah you will receive two updates during a year (please provide an e-mail address for updates if other than yours). You can also create your own personalised Sponsorship Certificate to print out, and download a special photo poster of your cheetah, taken from the official cheetah ID book in Namibia. Each JPEG poster file is up to 1MB in size and up to 250mm across, and shows pictures of the cheetah, highlighting distinguishing markings for identification. IMPORTANT: If you want the sponsorship to be a gift, be sure to note this using the Message to Seller facility on the main PayPal payment screen.

To create a Sponsorship Certificate or download a poster, be sure to click ‘Return to Merchant’ after you have completed your PayPal transaction, or you will not see our ‘Thank You’ page, which contains the information required.

If you sponsor a cheetah for a whole year (£2,500) you will receive special recognition at our headquarters in Namibia.

Sponsoring is simple! Just click the 'Sponsor Me' button under any cheetah's story. You will be taken to a PayPal secure payment page, where you can choose how much you want to sponsor your cheetah for. Once you've sponsored one cheetah, you can come back and sponsor another one if you wish. Here are six of our resident cheetahs. See the other pages for more.



Nina was born in January 2000, and she arrived for the first time in August 2000 with her brother Josie when they were 8 months old. They arrived with their mother, whose hind foot had been badly injured by a gin trap. After five months of treatment, all three were re-released. Sadly, the mother’s radio collar showed no movement a few weeks after they were released. Research staff tracked the collar on foot, only to find that the collared cheetah had died. The cause of death was unknown, as vultures had already eaten a lot of the carcass. Both Nina and Josie were caught on neighbour Harry Schneider-Waterberg’s farm. They were very hungry, but otherwise healthy.


Merlot was born in January 2000 and arrived at CCF in August 2001. Merlot was caught on a game farm outside Okahandja about nine months before coming to CCF. He was with his sister Shiraz, and their mother Chardonnay. Chardonnay had a serious foot injury, cause unknown, that remained untreated until her arrival at CCF. The infection healed, but she still had a limp on her right hind foot. Chardonnay could not be released and due to further health problems, she was euthanised in 2003.


Solo was born in February 2000, and arrived at CCF in January 2001. She was caught on a sheep farm south of Windhoek with her siblings when she was estimated at 13 months old. What happened to her mother is unknown. In 2001, her sister and brother went to White Oak Conservation Centre in Florida, USA.
Female cheetahs teach their young vital survival skills, including hunting. Without their mother for up to 18 to 22 months, they do not learn these survival skills and
are unable to live as wild cheetahs.


"I arrived at CCF in January 2009 when I was about 8 months' old. I had been rescued by a cheetah friendly farmer just past Okahandja who found me living in a small chicken coup on a neighbouring farm. The caring farmer took me and called CCF to collect me; he also took me to the vet for initial vaccinations. CCF staff collected me and found me in excellent condition inside a well kept dog pen, but persuading me to enter their cheetah transport box proved quite tricky. Eventually a member of staff had to enter the pen armed with a towel which was placed over me so they could grab me by the scruff of my neck and then carefully placed me the box. "

The fate of Bella’s mother is unknown but being separated from her at such a young age means that Bella will not be able to be released back into the wild as she has been denied the essential life skills that her mother would have taught her.

Bella means ‘Beautiful’ in Italian and this couldn’t be more appropriate. When Bella arrived CCF staff and volunteers couldn’t believe how adorably cute she was, so much so that Bella often becomes many visitor’s favourite CCF cheetah.

Bella was kept on her own for the first couple of weeks but fortunately we had an opportunity to place her with another young female called Padme. Padme is several months older than Bella and has become her adopted older sister. Bella used to be very shy and would run away from her keepers whenever she saw them but since being with Padme she has grown in confidence and is now following Padme’s example by hissing, spitting and slapping her front paws at them, although rather than being intimidating Bella still can’t help but look very very cute!

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The Cheetah Conservation Fund UK is a UK registered charity, number 1079874

Make Cheques payable to: Cheetah Conservation Fund UK, 27 Peel Street, Kensington, London W8 7PA

email: uk@cheetah.org