Joti is soon three years old – in cheetah years it means he is now an adult.
So Damian and the WCCC team had a special surprise for him! For Christmas 2011 Joti got his own new house and a new camp. It´s in a prime location - directly in our cheetah reserve. To get used to our eight wild cheetahs, Joti is for the first time in a separated area in the middle of the reserve. Now they can see and sniff each other, but don´t get in trouble. You know, not everyone likes new neighbours and cheetahs are definitely one of these species!
Joti has such a nice personality.
In the beginning Joti was a little bit sceptical, looking at everything with his big, big yellow eyes. And maybe he had thoughts like: “Wow. I should be thankful for all this, right? Well. I mean everyone dreams of this, but am I really big enough to handle this?”
I can promise: as we visited him the next day he looked like if he was proud of himself. “I did it! I´m an adult now! Come in and check out my new camp! – aaaaand cuddle with me!” He has such a nice personality. And he acts really like a typical boy. As he realised that the cheetah next to his camp is a female, he wants to impress her and walked along the fence, like if he is the best cheetah in the whole wide world. For us it was unbelievable, that Joti, the cheetah that was scared if you just step on cracking branches comes so easily to this brave, big boy – sorry! MAN. And wouldn´t he be anymore so cuddling, we thought someone changed him during the night.
Now, two months later, he is looking like if he were born in the wild and not in a breeding facility. It´s awesome to see that he handled the first step of his realising so easily.