Cheetah Outreach
Cheetah Outreach

Promoting the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives.
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Our Small Predators 

Baggins

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Baggins was born at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre on 17 February, 2007 and joined Cheetah Outreach at three weeks of age as a serval ambassador. His role at Cheetah Outreach is to show visitors the different adaptations African cats have to specific niches in the environment as well as to demonstrate just one of the other small predator species that benefit from the presence of a livestock guarding dog on South African farmlands.

Thanks to Jacqui Friedling for adopting Baggins

Information about Servals

Legacy

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Legacy was born at Bester Birds and Animal Zoo in Johannesburg in May 2010 and came to Cheetah Outreach on a breeding loan at 8 months of age.  Her role as a hand-reared serval ambassador is to raise awareness of the plight of smaller carnivores on South African farms and to highlight the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme. Legacy has bred successfully with Baggins and produced 2 litters of kittens.

Thanks to Jacqui Friedling for adopting Legacy

 

Lazarus and Liberty

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Lazarus and Liberty were born to our servals Baggins and Legacy at Cheetah Outreach on 21 October, 2014.  The brothers were hand-raised from a week of age to become serval ambassadors to raise awareness of the plight of smaller carnivores on South African farms and to highlight the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme.

Thanks to Annie Beckhelling for adopting Lazurus and Hagen Zeranka for adopting Liberty

Grace

Caracal (Caracal caracal)

Grace was born on 5 January, 2016, and hand-raised at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo in Johannesburg.  She came to Cheetah Outreach at 3 months of age to replace our caracal ambassador Malaika and to help raise awareness of the plight of caracals and other small predators on South African farms, and to show how caracals benefit from the  presence of livestock guarding dogs on farmland. She is a very confident, curious and friendly cat, participating in walks, public encounters and off-site fundraising events.

Thanks to Deborah Wettlaufer for adopting Grace

Information about Caracals

Ntombi and Moya

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)

Ntombi and Moya, brother and sister, were born at Lory Park Animal Sanctuary near Johannesburg on 26 August, 2008, and joined Cheetah Outreach at three months of age as black-backed jackal ambassadors.  Their role is to help raise awareness of the plight of black-back jackals and other small predators on South African farms and to highlight the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme.  Like caracals, jackals are persecuted by farmers and benefit from the presence of livestock guarding dogs on farmland in South Africa.  Ntombi means ‘girl’ and Moya means ‘wind’ in Xhosa.

Thanks to Kathleen and Robert Starmer for adopting Moya

Information about Jackals

Janet

Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)

Janet joined Cheetah Outreach at 3 ½ months of age.  Janet was born at Lory Park Animal Sanctuary near Johannesburg on 10 October, 2010.  She was hand-reared  As an ambassador for her species, she raises awareness of the plight of bat-eared foxes and other small predators on South African farmland and highlight the importance of the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme which results in removal of traps and poison on South African farms. Janet greets visitors in encounters at our facility.

Thanks to Kate Thompson for adopting Janet.

Information about Bat-eared Foxes

Firefox and Diggory

Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)

Firefox was part of a litter born at Cheetah Outreach to Brad and Janet on 2 November, 2013. She remained at Cheetah Outreach to keep Janet company after she lost her mate. Diggory came from Bester Birds and Animals Zoo in August 2014 to be a companion to Janet and Firefox. Both join Janet as ambassadors for their species and raising awareness about the plight of small predators on South African farms.

Thanks to Marlee van der Lingen for adopting Diggory and Liv, Henrik & Friends of Cheetah Outreach for adopting Firefox.

Information about Bat-eared Foxes

Sebastian

Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)

Sebastian, a meerkat born 11 November, 2006, was a pet before going to Moholoholo Rehab Centre in Limpopo Province. Since Moholoholo has so many animals to care for, they weren’t able to give Sebastian the level of attention that they felt he needed. Cheetah Outreach offered to give him a home and the kind of interaction this very social animal needs. Sebastian has won the hearts of staff, volunteers and guests with his engaging character.

Thanks to Petra Krainer-Bender for adopting Sebastian

Minki

Minki, a female meerkat, was born in 2009 in the wild, on a farm in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa, but was orphaned when her mother was killed by dogs. She was rescued and hand-raised by a couple in Stellenbosch near Cheetah Outreach. When she was 5 months of age, she came to Cheetah Outreach, and after a very easy transition, lives with sebastian in his enclosure. Minki is full of energy and loves to play. We are all happy that Sebastian now has the company of his own species and is no longer alone.

Thanks to Patrick Browne for adopting Minki.

Information about Meerkats

In Memoriam


Photo: James Christian

Malaika

Caracal (Caracal caracal)

Malaika was born at Lory Park Animal Sanctuary near Johannesburg on 15 June, 2008, and joined Cheetah Outreach at almost five months of age as a caracal ambassador.  Her role was to help raise awareness of the plight of caracals and other small predators on South African farms and to highlight the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme.  Caracals are highly persecuted by farmers and benefit from the presence of livestock guarding dogs on farmland in South Africa.  Malaika greeted visitors in encounters and on walks at our facility until she suddenly died on 25 February, 2016.

Malaika means ‘angel’ in Swahili and she was truly an angel missed by all.

 

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