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  • Male cheetah released in Rietvlei Nature Reserve

    Male cheetah released in Rietvlei Nature Reserve

    Fri, Sep 10, 2021

    A six-year-old male cheetah, Thaba, was released in Rietvlei Nature Reserve early in September as part of the Cheetah Metapopulation Project. 

    The City's Rietvlei Nature Reserve supports the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, which is a collective effort of various environmental stakeholders and is managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). 

    The project's objective is to maintain the genetic and demographic integrity of cheetahs on fenced reserves, and to increase the resident range of free-roaming cheetahs across southern Africa. 

    The Cheetah Metapopulation Project currently entails 421 cheetahs on 61 fenced reserves in southern Africa. 

    Rietvlei Nature Reserve has a young female cheetah, Njozi who was released in the reserve in August 2020. Hopefully with Thaba roaming the plains, the City will celebrate new cubs in 2022. 

    The current arrangement with EWT is that, for the purpose of the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a breeding female will be kept at Rietvlei Nature Reserve on a permanent basis. Male cheetahs will be brought in when required. 

    EWT will remove the male animals not needed to lessen the impact of these predators on the prey animal population. Newborn cheetah cubs are then relocated to other nature reserves when they reach adulthood.

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