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The Cheetah Enclosure – 4

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.

Rosy

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 Namibia.

Misty

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.

Padme

"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!

Samantha

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.

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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


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