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.
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.
Banzi was the first rescue to arrive at Inverdoorn Game Reserve alongside his sister, Nushka.
He was hand-raised by humans but he had a severe leg condition due to previous incorrect diet and care which resulted in the need of an operation that never had been done before and the odds were against him.
When the veterinarians & cheetah specialist all over the country examined him, they said it was impossible to correct and the cub would inevitably die. However, we found Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Alex Lewis who had done a similar operation before on other species, and alongside the founder of WCCC, Damien Vergnaud they worked out a possible solution.
One of our semi wild cheetahs within our rehabilitation area.
Lotta have lived within our cheetah reserve since she arrived and upon meeting one of our rehabilitated males, Banzi had successful litters of cubs.
The first litter had complications, probably due to her being a first time mother. However the other litters she have been an amazing mother too and managed to raise many of them to adult age.
Plans for Lotta is to move her along side some other cheetahs that are ready, to a big natural release sight in a very soon future.
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.
Lula is the sister of Benji & Clyde and was one of the cubs in the abandoned litter of cubs in poor health. She was the injured cub and had suffered an big injury on her shoulder blades which was a huge and gaping wound. She needed immediate medical attention and the origin of the injury was never known although it is believed to have been either the mother who inflicted the injuries, as she had abandoned the litter, or another predator.
In order to save Lula & the other surviving cubs they needed to be taken out for medical attention. One cub had unfortunately already passed away.
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 needs life long medical care and supervision of humans.