Cheetahs at CCF and in the Wild
At any given time, there are about 40 cheetahs in the care of Cheetah Conservation Fund, and they require shelter, food, regular veterinary exams, medical intervention, monitoring (camera traps, GPS collars), and large spaces to ensure they have as much space as possible to roam. These activities are very resource intensive and require various types of expertise — animal husbandry, veterinary skills, zoology and animal handling. Calls from the community continue to come in when injured or orphaned cheetahs are found.
One of the hallmarks of CCF is its commitment to rewilding as many cheetahs as possible. This helps support the wild population and requires significant up-front work and regular follow-up. After an appropriate amount of time and care, CCF aims to release the cheetahs based on an assessment of their health and ability to survive in the wild.
The cheetah’s release and rewilding is done painstakingly, with careful planning and a rigorous process of soft-release, monitoring for success, and then final release into the wild. Since 1990, CCF has rewilded more than 50 cheetahs, and has reintroduced 600 cheetahs back into a more accommodating location and habitat.
Following its release, CCF monitors the movement of the cheetah to determine home ranges, habitat preference and seasonal use, territoriality, and behaviors unique to individual cheetah populations that may be critical for their survival.