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May19

A Team for all Seasons

WRITTEN BY // Annami Grabe CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

12 - 18 May

A Team for all Seasons

With things starting to calm down around the lodge and busy season drawing to a close, less guests doesn't mean less work for our cheetah girls. For the cheetahs, winter season is no different to the busy season. Unfortunately Velvet has far less interactions, which means less cuddles from guests; but luckily there are still lots of cuddles from her caretakers.

This is my first winter season at Inverdoorn and finally we get the time to do maintenance work on fences and enclosures. Upgrading and redoing camps are proving to be a lot of fun for the team. After a morning of hard work we get to spend the whole afternoon with Velvet and Iziba either at the playground or the dam. My days now are fulfilled knowing that I get to spend quality time with the cheetahs, giving them all the love and attention they deserve.

For now things are also quiet in the breeding facility, but this week we treated all the cats with springbok carcasses. I never thought I would say I saw a cheetah's face light up, but watching them grabbing those carcasses was absolutely amazing. The wild female managed to injure herself again this week, but we know she is an excellent nurse. Her wounds look great and she is moving around like nothing happened. The male treated himself to yet another lechwe kill, proving to us that the two released cheetahs are doing great.

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Annami Grabe

Annami Grabe

Annami Grabe was born in South Africa. She studied conservation ecology and is currently working as a volunteer at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation.

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