AGE: (2021) 11 years
WEIGHT: 41.8 kg
SIBLINGS / RELATIONS: Scamp, Nip and Tuc
COMPANIONS IN ENCLOSURE: Scamp, Nip, Tuc and Sam.
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 Savanna will remain in AfriCat’s care and act as species ambassadors.
Savanna is one of our cheetahs at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre.
Savanna and her sister Nip, and her two brothers Tuc and Scamp were found on the perimeter fenceline of the Okonjima Nature Reserve (2010). They were observed for a few days until it was obvious there was no mother around and attempts were made to catch them. They were around three months old when they came to AfriCat. Savanna is the larger female in the group.