AGE: (2021) 11 years
WEIGHT: 36.5 kg
SIBLINGS / RELATIONS: None
COMPANIONS IN ENCLOSURE: Savanna, Scamp, Nip and Tuc.
REASON FOR CAPTIVITY: After almost two decades (2000 – 2018) of rehabilitating cheetahs into the Okonjima Nature Reserve we have come to the conclusion that rehabilitation can be a successful tool in conserving cheetahs, that cheetahs - in the absence of a high density of competitive predators like leopards - are able to adapt to different environments and are able to learn how to survive in the wild and become sustainable hunters if sufficient prey is available. Unfortunately, the increasing numbers of higher level carnivores like leopards and brown hyenas due to the absence of human-wildlife-conflict in an enclosed ecosystem, makes the ONR a more and more unsuitable place in which cheetahs can thrive. For this reason Sam will remain in AfriCat’s care and act as species ambassadors.
Sam is one of our cheetahs at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre.
Sam and Nick came from the Rhino Park Veterinary Clinic in Windhoek when they were 2 months old. Someone was attempting to hand-rear them in a house in Windhoek but from receiving the incorrect diet they became ill. Nick had a perforated intestine but after they were nursed back to health at the clinic they came to AfriCat. Nick sadly developed septicaemia and died shortly after arriving at AfriCat. Sam is about 6 months younger than his new family of siblings. Sam looks completely different, is slightly smaller and darker – but dominant and the leader of this group.