This free roaming cheetah male was found in a gin-trap close to the Botswana border in the North West Province of South Africa. Officials from the Conservation Authority and private veterinarians saved the life of this cheetah and rushed him to Dr Peter Caldwell of Old Chapel Veterinary Clinic who performed surgery to attach severed ligaments and blood vessels. The veterinary cost was covered by Ashia Cheetah Conservation. After a short stay at the clinic the male has been in the care of Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt and has recovered well enough to be released. Cheetah Outreach Trust has a satellite tracking collar that will be quickly refurbished to fit onto the male to track his movements after his release back into the free roamer population.
A big thank you goes to Vincent van der Merve from The Endangered Wildlife Trust for the swift coordination of all parties involved.
Photo credits: North West Conservation Authority; Dr Peter Caldwell