Hello, my name is Jenny. I am 27 years old and a French student. I have studied biology and ecology. I’ve already worked with cheetahs and studied their sexual behaviour in a zoological park two years ago in the south of France. But my love for these animals started long ago. It’s my first time in Africa and I’m really happy to be here at Inverdoorn where I started five weeks ago. In those five weeks a lot of things have happened and now I will be reporting last week’s events.
This week we had some action going on in the breeding facility. On Tuesday our first female went into heat. Our wild female in the reserve started to move into the male’s territory and was driving the poor guy crazy. He was running around, calling her and stutter barking. He only calmed down today and you can hear that he lost his voice from singing love songs all day long and maybe all night.
After that the males in the cheetah reserve where allowed to have some fun since Femme came into heat. Banzi was also love-struck again since Lotta was in heat, his favourite girlfriend. He was trying to mount, her but we are not sure if he got lucky. Last, but not least, Joti also had a date for the week. Nushka, the only female he kind of shows interest in. Here you can see the difference between males. Banzi is romantic, he will try and seduce the females with his sweet voice, while Joti uses his strong body and chases the females around until they give up. Nushka hasn’t given up yet and we are still observing their flirting behaviour.
Other than sexual love going on at Inverdoorn we also had some motherly love this week. One of our giraffes gave birth to a baby. I haven’t seen it yet, but John and Leah were so lucky to be in the reserve when she went into labour. They didn’t get to see much since they had to give the mother some peace, but the legs of the new baby giraffe where already sticking out.
This week we also had some very rare caracal viewings. I hope that soon I will also be able to see one of these beautiful creatures.
See you next week!