1979 Release of captive-born cheetahs (3 males) into their natural environment

‘Captive cheetahs answer call of the wild’ by Martin Welz (Sunday Times, 22 June). ‘Cheetahs, like leopards, don’t change their spots. That was the heartening discovery of a team of the Transvaal Department of Nature Conservation officers who spent three months this year chasing through the Lowveld bush to see how three cheetahs, reared in captivity and then released in the wild, would fare.

‘The story of their adventures in the wild was this week described as a major breakthrough in the programme to ensure the survival of the cheetahs, whose dwindling numbers have been a worry to conservationists for many years.

‘The three cheetahs, who first underwent a month’s ‘basic training’ and acclimatisation in the South African Air Force’s wildlife reserve at Hoedspruit in February, were appropriately named ‘General Rogers’, ‘Gouws’ and ‘Oom Jan’ after their senior airforce hosts.

‘Despite having been reared on a cheetah farm at De Wildt, near Pretoria, they took to the wild like old paws. Adapting from a diet of beef on the hook to venison on the hoof, presented no problems to the three two-year-olds.’

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Kibwe & Beshte The Cheetahs

Adoption Packages

You will receive a certificate to acknowledge your adoption as well as a photograph of your wild child via e-mail, this applies to all adoption levels.

Bronze

Adoption package for R200 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
Information booklet

Silver

Adoption package for R600 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

Gold

Adoption package for R1200 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
1 x 30-minute walking tour
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

Sapphire

Adoption package for R2500 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
1 x Cheetah run & 30-minute walking tour for 2 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

Platinum

Adoption package for R3600 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
1 x Cheetah run & 30-minute walking tour for 4 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

Diamond

Adoption package for R4800 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
1 x Cheetah run & tour for 2 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

Tanzanite

Adoption package for R6000 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
A photograph of your “wild child”
Update via email during the year
1 x Cheetah run & tour for 4 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet