AGE: (2021) 11 years
WEIGHT: 47.0 kg
SIBLINGS / RELATIONS: Savanna, Scamp and Nip
COMPANIONS IN ENCLOSURE: Savanna, Scamp, Nip 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 Tuc will remain in AfriCat’s care and act as species ambassadors.
Tuc is one of our cheetahs at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre.
Tuc and his brother Scamp and his sisters, Savanna and Nip were found on the perimeter fence-line 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. Tuc is the largest male in the group.