The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt Supports the conservation work of DEDECT – Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism of the North West Province and assists where possible.
DEDECT was made aware of a leopard that was hiding under a vehicle in the Klipgat area recently and arranged for a veterinarian, Dr Alwyn Venter, to dart the leopard in order to move the leopard out of this potentially dangerous situation. The origin of the leopard was not known and DEDECT officials requested the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to hold and care for this leopard until a suitable release site could be found. The Centre has a purpose built enclosure funded by donors for this purpose. After monitoring the leopard for a period we were satisfied that the leopard was healthy and ready for release into a suitable wild space. DEDECT collected the leopard from the Centre and he was released into a suitable and safe area in the Magaliesberg. We would like to thank DEDECT for the opportunity to care for the leopard and also to Dr Alwyn Venter, Dr Paul Bartells for services rendered free of charge. Mr Tokkie Botes from Flying for Freedom supplied venison that was fed to the leopard while at the Centre.
Update: Its absolutely amazing to see how quickly a plan comes together.
On Wednesday afternoon a concerned citizen called Vasti Botha, from NW Department of Economic Development, Environment and tourism, and reported he had spotted a leopard stuck in a snare outside of Swartklip, North West. Dr Gerhardus Scheepers from Zodiac Dierekliniek went out and successfully darted her and took her in for a check-up. Luckily, she was mainly unharmed, except for a damaged tooth. She has undergone surgery and had her bottom left canine removed.
She is now safely here at The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre for safe keeping until she can be re-released.
This once again shows that GREAT things are done by a series of small things brought together.
A Big thank you to everyone involved for a quick response and willingness to help