The Masters

Dash, Ruff and Tumble first came to AfriCat in 2008 at the age of one month and lived at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre for the following four years. In 2012 the sibling trio was released into Okonjima’s 20 000 ha…

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Metabolic Profiling of Cheetahs in Captivity

The metabolic profiling of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus): A systems biology approach to understanding the chronic diseases they suffer in captivityA Summary In captivity, cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are known to suffer from several chronic diseases that do not occur in their…

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Cheetah Flies and More….
Veterinary Health Checks

Cheetah Flies and More….

Do they really bite? Do they suck a small amount of the blood while on their host – or are they simply living off dry skin - as previously believed ? The louse fly of cheetahs belongs to the genus…

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Walk 4 Wildlife

Three intrepid AfriCat supporters braved the elements and took part in the Walk 4 Wildlife 2017 Night Walk in the New Forest that began at 10pm on Saturday evening 28th October and went through to 6am on Sunday morning. That…

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The Aeroplane Coalition

The Aeroplane coalition – consisting of three males, Sniper, Spitfire and Quattro and their sister Hurricane – was released from the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre into the 20 000 ha Okonjima Nature Reserve at the beginning of December 2016. Spitfire…

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Veterinary Students from UNAM visit AfriCat

Visit of School of Veterinary Medicine (SoVM) 3rdYear Students visiting Okonjima Nature Reserve and the AfriCat Foundation The Veterinary Faculty of the University of Namibia (UNAM) is now in its 5th year of existence. Every year, according to their curriculum,…

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Electra – A leopards story so far…

Electra, a female leopard in the Okonjima Nature Reserve has featured over the years in many of the newsletters on the AfriCat website. Always keeping us on our toes and surprising us over the years, her story is full of…

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The Control of Cheetah Flies on Captive Carnivores

All captive carnivores at our Carnivore Care Centre were burdened with the Cheetah fly, which resulted in a drop in condition and erratic/aggressive behaviour and required urgent investigation into long-term control of the problem. After looking at the flies’ life…

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The Saltpans

In November 2013, two young orphaned cheetahs were found and rescued from the saltpans on the outskirts of Swakopmund. Locals detected the young cheetahs and instantly informed Swakopmund’s resident veterinarians Dr Rodenwoldt (AfriCat’s resident vet) and Dr Winterbach. The cubs…

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Brown Hyaena Project

Behavioural ecology and management-induced niche shift of brown hyaena in a closed reserve; implications for conservation management.' Closed reserves are an increasingly common wildlife management strategy across southern Africa.  They represent a practical solution to separate wildlife from surrounding human…

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