Research Publications associated with the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife

  1. Berry WL, Jardine JE, Espie IW (1997) Pulmonary cryptococcoma and cryptococcal meningoencephalomyelitis in a king cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 28: 485-490
  2. Bertschinger HJ, Meltzer DGA, van Dijk A, Coubrough RI, Soley JT and Collett FA (1984) Cheetah lifeline. Nuclear Active 30: 2-7
  3. Bertschinger, HJ, Meltzer DGA, van-Dyk Ann, Strachan A (1998) Breeding of female cheetah in captivity. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 168-174
  4. Bertschinger HJ, Meltzer DGA (1998) Reproduction in male cheetahs. 2: Sperm morphology. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 153-158
  5. Bertschinger HJ, Asa CS, Calle PP, Long JA, Bauman K, DeMatteo K, Trigg TE, Jöchle W and Human A (2001) Control of reproduction and sex related behaviour in exotic wild carnivores with the GnRH analogue deslorelin. Preliminary observations. Journal of Reproduction and Fertility Supplement 57: 275-283
  6. Bertschinger HJ, Trigg TE, Jöchle W and Human A (2001) Contraception of some African wild carnivores in southern Africa using deslorelin down-regulation of LH and FSH. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Fertility Control in Wildlife 19-22 August, Skukuza: 66-67
  7. Bertschinger HJ, Trigg TE, Jöchle W and Human A (2002) Induction of contraception in some African wild carnivores by down-regulation of LH and FSH secretion using the GnRH analogue deslorelin. Reproduction Supplement 60: 41-52
  8. Bertschinger HJ, Jago M, Nöthling JO, and Human A (2006) Repeated use of the GnRH analogue deslorelin to down-regulate reproduction in male cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). Theriogenology: in press
  9. Bolton LA, Munson L (1999) Glomerulosclerosis in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). Veterinary Pathology 36: 14-22
  10. Bolton LA, Lobetti RG, Evezard DN, Picard JA, Nesbit JW, van Heerden J, Burroughs REJ (1999) Cryptococcosis in captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus): two cases. Journal of The South African Veterinary Association 70: 35-39
  11. Brand DJ (1980) Captive propagation at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria. International Zoo Yearbook 20: 107-112
  12. Burroughs REJ (1998) Diseases in cheetah: management, treatment and prevention. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association: 142-144
  13. Button C, Meltzer DGA, Mulders MSG (1981) The electrocardiogram of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 52(3): 233-235
  14. Button C, Meltzer DGA, Mulders MSG (1981) Saffan induced poikilothermia in cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 52(3): 237-238
  15. Cheadle MA, Spencer JA, Blagburn BL (1999) Seroprevalences of Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii in nondomestic felids from southern Africa. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 30: 248-251
  16. Colly LP, Nesbit JW (1992) Fatal acute babesiosis in a juvenile wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 63: 36-38
  17. Coubrough RI, Bertschinger HJ, Soley JT and Meltzer DGA (1976) Some aspects of normal and abnormal spermatozoa in cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 6: 5-6
  18. Coubrough RI, Bertschinger HJ and Soley JT (1978) Scanning electron microscopic studies on cheetah spermatozoa. Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 8:57-58
  19. Coubrough RI, Soley JT (1981) The fine structure of interstitial cells of Leydig in cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 11: 97-98
  20. Coubrough RI, Soley JT (1982) The ‘dag defect’ in mammalian spermatozoa. Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 12: 75-76
  21. Degenaar JP (1976) Aspects of Reproduction in captive cheetah Acinonyx jubatus. MSc thesis, University of Pretoria: pp 150
  22. de Villiers MS, Meltzer DGA, van Heerden J, Mills MGL, Richardson PRK, van Jaarsveld AS (1995) Handling-induced stress and mortalities in African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences 262(1364), 22 November: 215-220
  23. de Villiers MS, van Jaarsveld AS, Meltzer DGA, Richardson PRK (1997) Social dynamics and the cortisol response to immobilization stress of the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus. Hormones and Behavior 31: 3-14
  1. Groenewald C (1980) Instinct for survival. South African Panorama, September 1980:46-49
  2. Hofmeyr M (1999) “The Wild Dogs of Madikwe – A success Story” as part of the development booklet series nr 3.
  3. Hofmeyr M, van Dyk G (1998) Cheetah introductions to two North West parks: case studies from Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 60-71
  4. Howard JG, Bush M, Wildt D, Brand DJ, Ebedes H, van Dyk A, Meltzer D (1981) Preliminary reproductive physiology studies on cheetahs in South Africa. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Proceedings: 72-74 
  5. Lambrechts, N (1998) Distal limb fractures in four female king cheetahs. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 103-105.
  6. Meltzer DGA, Coubrough RI and van Dyk A (1975) Cheetah breeding. 30th Yearly Conference of the International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens, Colorado Springs and Denver:1-12
  7. Meltzer DGA (1987) Reproduction in the male cheetah Acinonyx jubatus jubatus (Schreber, 1776). MSc thesis, University of Pretoria: pp118
  8. Meltzer DGA, van Dyk A (1998) The history of the De Wildt Cheetah Breeding Project: veterinary aspects. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 23-27
  9. Meltzer DGA, Mulders MS (1998) Reproduction in male cheetahs: 3. Reproductive hormone studies. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 159-167
  10. Meltzer DGA, Bertschinger HJ, van Dyk A (1998) Reproduction in male cheetahs: 1. Breeding management and semen evaluation. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 145-152
  11. Meltzer DGA (1998) The king cheetah. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort. 1998: 1-209. Chapter pagination: 56-59
  12. Meltzer DGA (1999) Medical management of a cheetah breeding facility in South Africa. Fowler, Murray E. & Miller, R. Eric. Zoo and wild animal medicine: current therapy. 4th edition. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, London: 415-423
  13. Mitchell, EP. 2017. Pathogenesis of chronic renal disease in captive cheetahs. PhD thesis, University of Pretoria
  14. Munson L (1992) Diseases of captive cheetahs: results of the cheetah SSP pathology survey 1988-1992. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Proceedings: 151
  15. Munson L (1993) Diseases of captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus): results of the Cheetah Research Council pathology survey, 1989-1992.  Zoo Biology 12: 105-124
  16. Munson L, Nesbit JW, Meltzer DGA, Colly LP, Bolton L, Kriek NPJ (1999) Diseases of captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus) in South Africa: a 20-year retrospective survey. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 30: 342-347
  17. O’Brien SJ, Wildt DE, Simonson JM, Brand DJ, Ebedes H, van Dyk A, Meltzer D, Simons LG, Bush M (1981) On the extent of genetic variation of the African cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Proceedings: 74-77
  18. O’Brien SJ, Roelke M, Marker L, Hart F, Goldman DG, Merrill C, Howard JG, Meltzer D, van Dyk A (1983) The South African cheetah: a multidisciplinary approach reveals a provocative genetic status and natural history. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Proceedings: 16.
  19. O’Brien SJ, Roelke ME, Marker L, Newman A, Winkler CA, Meltzer D, Colly L, Evermann JF, Bush M, Wildt DE (1985) Genetic basis for species vulnerability in the cheetah. Science (Washington DC) 227 No. 4693: 1428-1434
  20. Penzhorn BL, Booth LM, Meltzer DGA (1994) Isopora rivolta recovered from cheetahs. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 65: 2
  21. Penzhorn BL, Durand DT, Lane E, Ide A, Hofmeyr MS (1998) Recovery of Sarcocystis oocysts from a free-ranging wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 69: 42
  22. Pettifer HL (1981) The experimental release of captive-bred cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) into the natural environment. The World-Wide Fur-Bearer Conference Proceedings: 1001-10024
  23. Pettifer HL (1981) Aspects on the ecology of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The World-Wide Fur-Bearer Conference Proceedings: 1121-1142.
  24. Picard JA, Lane E, Louw M (1998) Cryptococcosis in cheetahs. Penzhorn, B.L. [Ed.]. Proceedings of a symposium on cheetahs as game ranch animals. Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, 23 & 24 October 1998. Wildlife Group, South African Veterinary Association, Onderstepoort: 136-141
  25. Schelling C, Vennos C and Bertschinger HJ (2000) Microsatellite analysis in southern African wild dogs. Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Animal Genetics, 22-26 July: 104
  26. Soley JT, Coubrough RI (1981) A ‘pouch-like’ defect in the basal plate region of cheetah spermatozoa. Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 11: 121-122 
  27. Soley JT (1982) An intracytoplasmic crystal-like inclusion in a Leydig cell of the cheetah. Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, Volume 12 1982: 93-94 
  28. Spencer JA, Burroughs REJ (1990) Antibody response in wild dogs to canine parvovirus vaccine. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 20: 14-15
  29. Spencer JA, Burroughs R (1991) Antibody response of captive cheetahs to modified-live feline virus vaccine. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 27(4): 578-583
  30. Spencer JA (1991) Lack of antibodies to coronaviruses in a captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) population. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 62(3): 124-125
  31. Spencer JA (1991) Antibody response to modified-live canine adenovirus vaccine in African hunting dogs (Lycaon pictus). Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series B 38: 477-479
  32. Spencer J, Burroughs R (1992) Antibody response to canine distemper vaccine in African wild dogs. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 28: 443-444
  33. Spencer JA, Burroughs R (1992) Decline in maternal immunity and antibody response to vaccine in captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 28: 102-104
  34. SpencerJA (1993) Lymphocyte blast transformation responses and restriction fragment length analysis in the cheetah. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 60(3): 211-217
  35. Spencer JA (1998) Absence of canine distemper antibodies in selected southern African non-domestic felids. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 28: 8-9
  36. van Aarde RJ, van Dyk A (1986) Inheritance of the king coat colour pattern in cheetahs Acinonyx jubatus. Journal of Zoology Series A 209(4): 573-578
  37. van Heerden J (1979) The transmission of canine ehrlichiosis to the wild dog Lycaon pictus (Temminck) and black-backed jackal Canis mesomelas Schreber. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 50: 245-248
  38. van Heerden J (1979) Hand-rearing of Cape hunting dog Lycaon pictus pups. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 50: 189-191
  39. Van Heerden J, Swart W H, Meltzer DGA (1980) Serum antibody levels before and after administration of live canine distemper vaccine to the wild dog Lycaon pictus. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 51: 283-284
  40. van Heerden J (1980) The transmission of Babesia canis to the wild dog Lycaon pictus (Temminck) and black-backed jackel Canis mesomelas Schreber. Journal Of The South African Veterinary Association 51: 119-120
  41. Van Heerden J (1981) The role of integumental glands in the social and mating behaviour of the hunting dog Lycaon pictus (Temminck, 1820). Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 48: 19-21
  42. Van Heerden J, de Vos V (1981) Immobilisation of the hunting dog Lycaon pictus with ketamine hydrochloride and a fentanyl/droperidol combination. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 11: 112-113
  43. Van Heerden J, Kuhn F (1985) Reproduction in captive hunting dogs Lycaon pictus. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 15: 80-84
  44. Van Heerden J (1986) Disease and mortality of captive wild dogs Lycaon pictus. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 16: 7-11
  45. Van Heerden J, Dauth J, Komen J, Meyer E (1987) The use of ketamine hydrochloride in the immobilisation of the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 58: 143-144
  46. Van Heerden J, Komen J, Myer E (1987) Serum biochemical and haematological parameters in the Cape vulture Gyps coprotheres. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 58: 145-146
  47. van Heerden J, Bainbridge N, Burroughs REJ, Kriek NPJ (1989) Distemper-like disease and encephalitozoonosis in wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Journal Of Wildlife Diseases 25: 70-75
  48. Van Heerden J, Burroughs R E J, Dauth J, Dreyer J (1991) Immobilization of wild dogs Lycaon pictus with a tiletamine hydrochloride/zolazepam hydrochloride combination and subsequent evaluation of selected blood chemistry parameters. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 27: 225-229
  49. van Heerden J, Swan GE, Dauth J, Burroughs REJ, Dreyer MJ (1991) Sedation and immobilization of wild dogs Lycaon pictus using medetomidine or a medetomidine-ketamine hydrochloride combination. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 21(3): 88-93
  50. van Heerden J (1993) Care of the wild dog Lycaon pictus in captivity. McKenzie, A.A. [Ed.]. The capture and care manual: capture, care, accommodation and transportation of wild African animals. Wildlife Decision Support Services and The South African Veterinary Foundation, Lynnwood Ridge & Menlo Park: i-xxviii, 1-729. Chapter pagination: 312-313
  51. van Heerden J (1993) Accommodation of the wild dog Lycaon pictus. McKenzie, A.A. [Ed.]. The capture and care manual: capture, care, accommodation and transportation of wild African animals. Wildlife Decision Support Services and The South African Veterinary Foundation, Lynnwood Ridge & Menlo Park: 300.
  52. van Heerden J (1993) Chemical capture of the wild dog Lycaon pictus. McKenzie, A.A. [Ed.]. The capture and care manual: capture, care, accommodation and transportation of wild African animals. Wildlife Decision Support Services and The South African Veterinary Foundation, Lynnwood Ridge & Menlo Park: 247-251
  53. van Heerden J, Boomker J, Booyse DG, Mills MGL (1994) The wild dog (Lycaon pictus): a new host for Ancylostoma caninum. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 65: 18-19. 
  54. Van Heerden J, Verster R, Penrith ML, Espie I (1996) Disease and mortality in captive wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 67: 141- 145
  55. van Heerden J, Bingham J, van Vuuren M, Burroughs REJ, and Stilianides E (2002) Clinical and serological response of wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) to vaccination against canine distemper, canine parvovirus infection and rabies. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 73: 8-12
  56. van Vuuren M, A Steinel, T Goosen, E Lane, J van der Lugt, J Pearson and U Truyen (2000) Feline panleukopaenia virus revisited: molecular characteristics and pathological lesions associated with three recent isolates. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 71: 140-143
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  58. Wildt E, Meltzer D, Chakraborty PK, Bush M (1984) Adrenal-testicular-pituitary relationships in the cheetah subjected to anesthesia/electroejaculation.  Biology of Reproduction 30(3): 665-672 
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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.

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Adoption package for R200 per year includes:

Certificate of adoption
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Adoption package for R600 per year includes:

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

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Certificate of adoption
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1 x Cheetah run & 30-minute walking tour for 2 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
Information booklet

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1 x Cheetah run & 30-minute walking tour for 4 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
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1 x Cheetah run & tour for 2 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
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Certificate of adoption
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1 x Cheetah run & tour for 4 guests
Annual open day for 2 guests
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