Velvet was rescued along side her brother , Shady & another cheetah named Joti. They were found in extremely poor conditions following an anonymous tip. WCCC went to assist the cubs that were found being kept inside a bathroom and they had ringworms, meningitis and had other issues such as Velvet’s broken tail and Shady was bleeding from the nose constantly. A decision was made that they would come with us to our rehabilitation centre and we would get them back to health. Velvet have been in a process to be rehabilitated however was not 100 % successful.
Iziba was rescued from being kept as a pet in South Africa and was brought into the rehabilitation. When she came to us she was 3 months old however much smaller than usual as she had not been fed the right diet.
Iziba have not many health issues as a cub except for the lack of correct nutrition which have caused her to grow to be a smaller cheetah than usual.
She is learning to hunt and is a very independent and inquisitive female.
Benji was born and raised by WCCC after their mother had a problem with the litter. Out of 4 cubs born, 1 died, 1 got severally injured and the rest of the cubs got sick with meningitis. A decision to take out the cubs to try to save them was made and they were treated for their health problems and nursed back to health. It was the females first litter of cubs and it may have been the reason she abandoned the cubs. Benji is living with his brother Clyde and they have formed a life long coalition.
Clyde was born and raised by WCCC after their mother had a problem with the litter. Out of 4 cubs born, 1 died, 1 got severally injured and the rest of the cubs got sick with meningitis. A decision to take out the cubs to try to save them was made and they were treated for their health problems and nursed back to health. It was the females first litter of cubs and it may have been the reason she abandoned the cubs.
Clyde is living with his brother Benji and they have formed a life long coalition.
Nushka is our senior cheetah, she is retired with us. She was rescued with her brother Banzi which had a big leg problem as a cub as a result of the wrong diet before he came to the rehabilitation. We had to perform a innovative and experimental surgery in order to save him, and he and the procedure became a … for specialist and veterinarians across the country.
Nushka could not be rehabilitated as she did not adapt well to the dehumanization process. Banzi however did and today is a semi wild male. He have fathered 3 litters of cubs.
Lula is the sister of Benji & Clyde and she was the cub with a bad injury on her back. It was suspected that a predator attacked the den and left one cub badly injured, one deceased and the rest of the den probably abandoned by the mother for this reason. In order to save them they needed to be taken out for medical attention.
Her wound was big and complicated to heal, she needed close attention, daily wound treatment and medication. Lula grew up with a low immune system and contracted different medical problems. She however is today a strong girl without any issues at current. She need life long medical care and supervision of humans.