Four cheetahs born at Sanbona

2013-05-22 11:26
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Located a mere three-hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona Private Game Reserve is full of pleasant surprises.

Cape Town – Sanbona seems to be busting with wildlife at the moment - with the birth of a litter of cheetah cubs hot on the heels of its sixth elephant calf born at the reserve.

Following on from the birth of a healthy elephant calf on Mother’s Day, the sixth elephant calf born at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, the reserve announced the birth of  four cheetah cubs, in a statement.

The sex of each cub is at this stage unknown. The Sanbona Conservation Team and the guides have been closely monitoring one of the adult cheetahs, whilst keeping an eye on the progress of the new born elephant, and saw she was looking for an appropriate site to create a den.

States Paul Vorster, Wildlife Manager said, “After pinpointing her location and confirming a visual on her, four cubs were discovered. Their genes and offspring are very important to the conservation of the wild and self sustaining population within Southern Africa. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, part of Shamwari Group, and the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Programme have worked closely over the years to help protect these magnificent cats.”

Cheetahs born at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (Marco Fitchet)

Cheetahs have a 3 month gestation period and this particular female had been seen courting with the male coalition. Den sites in this vast Karoo landscape provide cover from the sun and are a safe haven from other sources of potential danger, such as lions or hyenas.

Cheetahs are considered to be a vulnerable species, read more about their conservation.
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