An update on the Cheetah population in Pilanesberg
Here is an Update on the current cheetah population in the Pilanesberg.
There has been a lot of changes over the last few weeks with regards to the Pilanesberg cheetah population. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) keeps an eye on the cheetah population and genetics. Cheetahs have to be moved from one protected area to another in order to make sure their genes are spread and inbreeding doesn’t occur. Therefore the EWT makes the decisions on what needs to happen in order to make this possible.
Rains first litter of cubs in the Pilanesberg consisted of three males. These boys had to be relocated a few months back to avoid any inbreeding. This was unfortunately not before they got into a fight with their fathers which ended in both of them curcumin to their injuries.
On the 25 October, two new male cheetahs were introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park from Dinokeng.
So who is still in the reserve and how many cheetahs do we have left?
There are currently 5 cheetahs in the Pilanesberg.
- Our superstar Female cheetah “Rain” is here and we are hoping the two new males will find her as beautiful as we do.
- Rains’ latest offspring which is ready to leave her soon. He is a little male so will possibly be relocated to another reserve once he splits from her.
- Rains’ second litter of cubs with us consisted of two females and a male. The male hasn’t been seen for a long time so it is thought that he, unfortunately, didn’t make it. His sisters, however, are doing great! One has been relocated to Marakele National Park and the other remains here.
- Then we have the two new big males.
With the new males in the reserve, we are excited to see how the population will continue to grow and hope to share many exciting sightings with everyone.
The new boys on the block. The two new adult males that have been introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park seem to be doing well. Here they were seen on a Redhartebeest kill.
The original adult males that were the last two cheetahs in the park before Rain was introduced. They, unfortunately, died from their injuries after fighting with their three male offspring.
Rains three boys, her first littler she had in the Pilanesberg. They have been relocated to another reserve.
Rain and her current male cub. He is getting big now and should be leaving her side soon at which point he will probably be relocated.