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
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.
Rosy and her sister Daisy were born in March 2002, and arrived
at CCF in Feb 2003 with their brother Mushara.
One of our Anatolian livestock guarding dog owners was delivering
cattle on a farm near Omaruru and saw these three sitting in a
small cage on the farm. They called CCF, who obtained permission
from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to confiscate them.
They were held for at least five months in a 4 x 6 metre cage
that looked as if it had never been cleaned. Despite the heat
there was no water in the cage when CCF collected them. The cage
was full of carrion, including rotting baboon and jackal carcasses.
Large carnivores may not be held without the appropriate permits
In November 2002, Misty’s previous owner asked CCF to
hold her and three other cheetahs temporarily. As no records were
kept, it is unknown where she came from originally or why she
was caught. The owner has since abandoned ownership of Misty. Members of the public in Namibia, particularly lodge owners for
tourism purposes, hold a variety of carnivores in captivity. Currently
it is legal to do so, although new and improved legislation will
hopefully reduce the numbers of wild animals being caught indiscriminately
just for tourism purposes. All facilities holding carnivores are
required to register these facilities, and be in possession of
the required permits from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
"I was almost one year old when I came to CCF with my brother
Obe-Wan in September 2008. We had been trapped by a farmer who
kept us for two months with the aim of capturing our mother. However,
our mom never showed and CCF were called to collect us."
Upon arrival at CCF Padme and Obe-Wan were placed in an enclosure
with another of our orphaned cubs, Anakin, and they got on very
well. Anakin was named after a character from the Star Wars movies
and so explains the inspiration for naming Padme.
Initially when their keepers went to feed them, Obe-Wan hid behind
his sister and let her perform her intimidating hissing and paw
slapping display. However, Padme soon taught her brother how to
act tough and they are now both very feisty characters indeed,
always charging up to their keepers demanding their food!
However, as the 3 cubs quickly reached maturity, it became necessary
to separate brother and sister. Therefore, Padme was moved into
an enclosure with little Bella. Padme is a very confident cheetah
that holds her own and may even teach Bella a thing or two about
how to act tough!
In 2003, CCF was told of three orphaned cheetah cubs in need
of immediate attention. After negotiations with the farm owners,
the cubs were handed over to CCF. A larger male (Mr. Big) and
his two sisters (Samantha and Carey) were found in a small cage
where they had been held for two months prior to their rescue
by CCF. All three cubs exhibited signs of severe calcium deficiency,
resulting from a very poor diet. What happened to their mother
is unknown. Samantha was not walking when she arrived at CCF.
An x-ray confirmed that she had a damaged pelvis due to crumbling
bones. Her bones healed well with an improved diet. Her sister
Carey had injuries that did not heal with treatment and she had
to be euthanised. Mr. Big had damaged wrists from the poor diet,
but did not require corrective surgery. Cheetah cubs grow at a
rapid rate and require a calcium-rich diet to ensure their bones
have enough strength to support their body weight. All CCF cheetahs
receive calcium supplements.