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Addo cheetah translocated to KwaZulu-Natal

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Addo cheetah translocated to KwaZulu-Natal

Unread post by FrontierPR » Tue May 16, 2017 2:21 pm

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16 May 2017

MEDIA RELEASE (CHEETAH)

For Immediate Release

ADDO CHEETAH TRANSLOCATED TO KWAZULU-NATAL

Two of the three cheetahs which broke into Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) outside Port Elizabeth in 2014 have been captured and will be translocated to the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

The three males from a neighbouring property were not destined to remain in Addo as they never occurred in the area naturally. It is South African National Parks’ policy to only introduce wildlife species to parks where they would have occurred before hunting or habitat loss forced them to local extinction.

The three caused great excitement among guests, who had never before 2014 seen cheetah in Addo’s game viewing area. They had been the topic of many discussions since, with some groups planning visits to the Park with the specific hope of capturing them on film. Today’s operation was conducted by AENP conservation officials, with assistance from the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The animals will now form part of the EWT’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project (CMP), which entails the management of over 300 cheetahs on more than 50 small fenced reserves in South Africa.

A managed population is a set of geographically isolated populations of the same species that exchange individuals through human-controlled movement. Fenced metapopulations need to be managed to prevent the undesired effects of inbreeding. The project is a collaborative effort between all cheetah reserves in South Africa, co-ordinated by the EWT and funded by a number of international environmental entities and generous donations. In other words, the principal goals of the CMP are to maintain the genetic and demographic integrity of the metapopulation and to increase the resident range of cheetah in South Africa.

AENP Conservation Manager, John Adendorff, says they foresee the two will form a coalition at Phinda and hopefully pass on their genetics to new generations.

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Re: Addo cheetah translocated to KwaZulu-Natal

Unread post by lion queen » Tue May 16, 2017 3:00 pm

They brought a lot of smiles to the regular Addo visitors!

Glad they are now at their new home, hope they will bring lots of smiles to those visitors too!!

Thank you for the update! :gflower:
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Unread post by Philip1 » Tue May 16, 2017 4:25 pm

:D We were fortunate to see them with their last kill (Hartebeest). They were in a distance and surrounded by Jackals and Crows. :)
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed May 17, 2017 7:20 am

I certainly hope they do well in their new home. Addo certainly gave them a good start. 8)
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed May 17, 2017 8:29 am

I hope they will adjust - what happened to the 3rd one?

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Unread post by FrontierPR » Wed May 17, 2017 8:32 am

@Karen Mitton, the third unfortunately died in the Park a while a back.
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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed May 17, 2017 9:29 am

HI Fayroush,
Thank you for the update On the cheetahs...
Could you please also update us on long term plans for Addo.
1. Are there any plans to also get rid of the other aliens, eg warthogs, or have you given up because there are too many of them?
2. Are you ever planning to JOIN more sections of the park, or will it remain permanently fragmented because of roads and the railway line? I drove OUTSIDE the park inMarch and saw new fences going up near Darlington dam...looks so different from Addo Main game area.... Would be amazing to have one park in the end joined by roads and with affordable accommodation in the north too
3. Any news on the wild dog project that was advertised at the viewing point in your Main camp long ago? Is it too big a risk to try and contain them?

Always exciting to hear of new developments at Addo...you surely have achieved a lot since I went there first as a student in 1975 --we couldn' even drive INside the park... Lol

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