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July 2016 Update


At three years old, Rainbow is still a rather young and excitable female cheetah. Although she seems to lack the cleverness that defines her bonded partner, Aurora, she by far surpasses the lot of them when it comes to the degree of how lovable she is to her fellow pen mates. Rainbow can frequently be seen trailing Aurora, a cheetah she was introduced and bonded to when they were both about two and a half months old. Their bond has developed into a linkage stronger than Arcus clouds, a low shelf formation at the leading edge of a thunderstorm that holds this powerful force together as it cascades across the variety of African landscapes. Rainbow and Aurora repeatedly end up snuggling and licking each other in immense displays of affection after their afternoon meal. Futhermore, Rainbow is a bit of a carefree spirit by nature and she is often dwelling around in her own little world. Unless Aurora is around to be followed in every action she carries out, Rainbow remains a bit spaced-out from the events around her. She only seems to be fixated on watching the little parts of life that others seem to miss and cuddling up with her buddy Aurora. Rainbow has had an eventful past six months. The center females have received a new pen-mate, keeping life interesting. Romeo, a previously single male was bonded with this group as these females had been the only group surrounding him that seemed to show acceptance, and in Hermione and Harry’s case, even positive interactions through the fence. After Romeo received a contraceptive implant to prevent unwanted breeding, he was slowly integrated into the group, starting with Harry and Hermione. Although Romeo initially had a hard time hiding what seemed to be both excitement and confusion at being introduced

May 2015 Update


Rainbow has grown into a beautiful adult, filling out from her younger gangly self. Her golden colouring has become more pronounced and she has become a very healthy, streamlined and powerful cheetah. She still loves climbing trees and is a playful cheetah, but she has also shown herself to be quite adventurous and is a very good runner.

Carolyn Farquhar (Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada’s Board Chair) spent May with Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) as a working volunteer, and she was able to spend lots of time learning about the cheetahs and how they are cared for.  Carolyn was able to see Rainbow up close, as she lives right alongside Aurora in a very large field at the Centre.

Rainbow is very active and enjoys running after the lure as part of the regular cheetah runs at CCF. Her speed and enthusiasm make her one of CCF’s best runners.  Her focus is on catching the lure, no matter which way it “zigs and zags” around the field, and she does not give up!

January 2015 Update


Rainbow and Aurora continue to live at the CCF Centre, sharing an enclosure with two other females, Harry and Hermione.

Rainbow has always been closely bonded with Aurora as, even though they are not siblings, they came to CCF around the time period when they were both three months old. Rainbow and Aurora both turned two years old in November 2014, and it is obvious that they are both attempting to exercise their independence a bit more.

Rainbow has become increasingly confident around her recent pen mates, Harry and Hermione. Although these two females are much older and more experienced, Rainbow has not been intimidated by them and frequently outdoes them during the cheetah runs. When it comes to the cheetah runs Rainbow has gotten increasingly successful at catching the lure, although she is frequently more interested in the actual rag than she is in receiving meat treats as a reward.

In August, all of the cheetahs at the Centre got a new neighbor. This new arrival, a five–month-old cheetah cub named B2 who had been orphaned from his mother in the wild, caused quite a stir with the cheetahs!

Rainbow and Aurora, being the next youngest Centre cheetahs were candidates for being bonded with B2. They were moved into an adjoining pen to gauge their reaction to this new cub. Rainbow was the first to approach him, and showed no aggression, just curiosity. However, due to Aurora’s adverse reaction to B2, it was decided to bond him with another cheetah.

Photo credit: Eli Walker


to other cheetahs, Harry and Hermione set a relaxed mood and almost immediately curled up together in their normal routine to sleep, with Romeo perched excitedly, but respectfully nearby. Romeo’s introduction to the younger two of the group, Rainbow and Aurora, proved more exciting. Rainbow and Aurora constantly play with each other, chasing and pouncing as young cats do. This being the first time Romeo had been exposed to this behavior, he tried to join in right away! Not only did he find that the young females are CCFs star runners and much faster than him, he also found that when they were done playing they would sit and exclaim loudly until he left. He now seems to prefer the company of Harry and Hermione, cheetahs more suited to his age and temperament, although the interest in Rainbow and Aurora is still present. It is clear, however, that these young females are the bosses in this relationship and they seem to enjoy their newfound superior status, as well as having a new playmate.

The cheetahs are fed every day, with one day a week being a “starve day” to better simulate the lives of cheetahs in the wild. When Rainbow is fed along with Aurora, the two cheetahs eat side by side, with great enthusiasm; once they are done, they like to lie together in the sun, enjoying a gentle breeze or some shade. Rainbow has been with Aurora from a very early age, and CCF ‘s cheetah keepers are very happy to see how well they have bonded together.

Rainbow is now two and a half years old, and is at the age where she would normally have been away from her own mother for more than 5 months. She is increasingly independent and always looking for new challenges: This can mean finding new ways to play with Aurora or new physical challenges for herself. Any given day at CCF, Rainbow is eager to engage with her pen-mate and the cheetah keepers with whom she has grown very comfortable. As visitors to CCF enthusiastically watch her activities from the sidelines, they can clearly see that she is very sure of herself!

Help us to continue to support Rainbow by donating today!








Rainbow. Photo by Eli Walker

Rainbow and Aurora, although exercising their independence most days, can still be caught curling up together under a tree at the end of the day and grooming each other. Help us to continue to support Rainbow by donating today!





January 2014


Rainbow is one of Cheetah Conservation Fund’s newest cheetahs and we’re happy to announce that Canadians, via Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada, are helping to support her as she grows up.

She’s a beautiful cheetah, healthy and growing, but when she arrived at CCF Namibia, she needed intense care and attention. In February 2013, a farmer called CCF about a very young cheetah cub found by the side of the road. She was in very weak condition, but the CCF team acted quickly, retrieved her from the farmer and took her back to CCF to begin carefully nursing her back to health. Just before the team arrived back at CCF centre, three rainbows appeared in the sky, and there was no doubt about the name of this new cub!

The CCF team knows that the physical health of each cheetah is very important, but so is their mental health. Knowing that Rainbow had faced some real challenges at such an early age, they knew she’d need stimulating play, and to learn the natural skills of the cheetah, chasing and catching. While a young cheetah learns these things from their mother in the wild, the CCF team has tremendous experience in finding ways to replicate this learning.

CCF staff knew there was something important missing for Rainbow – regular contact with another young cheetah. Fortunately, just around the same time, another young cheetah named Aurora arrived at CCF. The two cheetah cubs immediately took to each other and have quickly become inseparable: they now eat together, groom each other, and regularly curl up together.

The dedicated work of the CCF team has made such a difference for Rainbow, and the generosity of Canadians who are donating to Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada through our Canada Project helps to take care of her.