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The Return of the Cheetah Girl

WRITTEN BY // Kirstine Dewar CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

31 March – 6 April

The Return of the Cheetah Girl

Hello, I'm back! As Leah mentioned last week, I volunteered here at Inverdoorn last year and was lucky enough to be offered a job. After a long while back home in the UK battling visa paperwork, I arrived just over a week ago and I couldn't be happier. We've got a great team of staff and volunteers and I feel privileged to work amongst them.

My first days back involved me getting back into the swing of things, along with starting my new responsibilities. I did my first supervised cheetah interaction with Velvet, and my first cheetah run set up alone which went perfectly! I've also done a few drives around the reserve tracking our two wild cheetahs there. They have both done really well this week, each with at least one kill. The female has also been moving around a fair bit, which is always fun for the early morning tracking! Unfortunately, after lots of physical glimpses, we haven't had much luck catching the caracals on our bush-cam, although we did snap an inquisitive kudu and a friendly mongoose!

It's so lovely to be back with Velvet and Iziba again. During the start of the week we had a couple of overcast days with wind and rain, so we couldn't take them out as often as we liked, and they started getting a bit of cabin fever! Luckily the last few days have been nice again, so the girls have enjoyed nice long walks around the playground, chasing and play-fighting with one another. They also had great fun chasing a rabbit, although didn't quite manage to catch it! We also took them to the Big Dam where they decided to be nice and lazy in the shade, so we decided to make them move a bit! By dangling a lure from the back of a car, the cheetahs were inclined to hunt and run after it! This is great exercise for them and they love doing it, and it was certainly amazing to watch!

A new volunteer is arriving this week, so there will be lots of news for next week's diary. Sadly, it is our volunteer John's last week, so he will be writing the next diary entry to say goodbye.

About the author

Kirstine Dewar

Kirstine Dewar is a cheetah handler at Cape Cheetah. She is completing her BSc (Hons) in International Wildlife Biology at the University of Glamorgan. She has conducted field work and research in Borneo and Malawi. She enjoys scuba diving and playing the clarinet.

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