AGE: (2019) 11 years
WEIGHT: (2013) 45.7 kg | (2014) 46.7 kg | (2015) 48.9 kg | (2016) 42 kg | (2017) 44.7 kg | (2018) 42.8 kg
SIBLINGS / RELATIONS: Raisin
COMPANIONS IN ENCLOSURE: Raisin
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 Peanut will remain in AfriCat’s care and act as species ambassadors
Peanut is one of our cheetahs at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre.
Peanut and his brother Raisin came to AfriCat when they were around a year old. They had been captured from the wild without their mother and then kept in captivity for around six months. The farm where they were being kept was sold and the new owners didn’t want them anymore and therefore contacted AfriCat to come and fetch them. They couldn’t be released onto farmland as they were too young and too habituated at the time.