ADOPTIONSAdopt a Cheetah
Adopt one of HESC’s cheetahs – either for yourself, or as a gift to someone, and help to cover the costs of sustaining HESC’s cheetahs.
CHEETAH ADOPTION – ZAR 28 500.00
You can adopt a cheetah of your choice from those that are available
When you adopted a cheetah:
- You can choose a name for your adopted cheetah
- You will receive a personalised adoption certificate
- You will receive updates about the health and well-being of your adopted cheetah by e-mail throughout the year, and a subscription to HESC’s Cheetah Chat
- A plaque with your cheetah’s name on it, will be placed on the gate to the adopted cheetah’s enclosure.
How are the funds used?
- For meat and a vitamin/mineral supplement for the cheetah
- The cost of the annual vaccinations
- Veterinary care as needed by the cheetah
- Maintenance of the cheetah’s enclosure
- Financial support of HESC’s ongoing research of the nutritional requirements and management of cheetahs in captivity
- Support for a localcommunity educational programme focussing on conservation.
About our Cheetahs
The 2016 Red Data List of Mammals, categorises the status of cheetahs in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland as vulnerable.
It is estimated that only about 7 100 cheetahs are left globally, and that they have already disappeared from 91% of their historical range (Zoological Society of London, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Panthera).
- There are about 4 190 cheetahs in southern Africa with the largest subpopulation of 3 940 cheetahs found in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, south western Zambia, and south western
- About 1326 cheetahs (of which 400 – 800 are free-ranging) occur in South Africa while there are fewer than 165 cheetahs left in Zimbabwe.
- The cheetah population in the Kruger National Park is estimated to be about 412,while 80 cheetahs are present in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Cheetah populations are genetically very uniform following a recent genetic bottle neck. Wild cheetahs naturally occur in small, isolated or patch populations that eventually become inbred. HESC is one of three cheetah breeding facilities in South Africa participating in providing specific genetic strains to the southern African cheetah metapopulation that is managed by the EWT, to reduce the chances of inbreeding of the free-ranging metapopulation.
Cheetahs that have been bred in captivity can successfully be release into the wild after they have been subjected to a process of adjustment or ‘rewilding’ before being released into the wild. During this period the cheetahs are kept in a large, enclosed area in which there is a suitable habitat and prey base allowing them to hunt for themselves until they can sustain themselves without supplementary feeding. It is preferable that the wilding area is free of predators, or has a low population of predators as cheetahs have to adapt to the presence of predators since they are at the bottom of the hierarchy of predators in the wild. For this reason they have to compete with all the other predators for the available prey species, and also defend their cubs from being killed by the other predators.
Make a Donation
If you would prefer to simply make a donation instead of adopting a cheetah, then please click on the button below.
These funds will be used for the general care of cheetah at HESC, and for DNA profiling (to combat the illegal trade in cheetahs).
Thank you for your contribution to the well-being of all the cheetahs at HESC.