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Apr29

A New Cheetah Girl

WRITTEN BY // Hannah Witt CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

21 - 27 April

A New Cheetah Girl

Hi, I'm Hannah. I come from Germany and am working at Inverdoorn as a volunteer for four months. I've been here for three weeks, and it's my first cheetah report.

This week one of the female cheetahs, Nushka, went into heat, so we brought a male cheetah, Joti, into her camp. But he didn't look very interested in her. We put a bush-cam in the camp to see if anything happens between them. While we were checking the camera we saw that we had put it too low and couldn't use the pictures.

During the feeding we didn't see any bite marks on Nushka's neck. That's not a good sign, because usually when they mate, the male cheetah bites the female's neck. But now we've set the bush-cam higher and we'll analyse it the in a few days.

While we were tracking, the male cheetah didn't come out every time. We couldn't see him, but we think that he caught something on his own. The next morning we found the female with a fresh kill. She hunted a springbok.

My first weeks here at Inverdoorn were exhausting, but very impressive. To get the chance to be so close to the cheetahs and learn more about the different characters, their behaviour and structures is unbelievable and I'm very happy to be here and get this experience with these awesome animals.

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Hannah Witt

Hannah Witt is from Germany and working as a volunteer at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation at Inverdoorn Game Reserve.

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