Friday, August 28, 2009

Cheetah Heaven

Sunday 23 August .

Anyone who knows me will know I have a passion for cheetah.

Scarves,shirts,pants, bracelets, key rings, tattoos…….the list could go on forever.

The Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre was a little piece of heaven for me

Cheetah Encounter


Up close and in the same enclosure with caracal, serval, african wild cat,and black footed cat.

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A young rescued leopard was also in residence

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Did I also mention we were in the enclosure with 4  adult cheetahs.


I love to click away with my camera, but with the cheetahs so close I didn’t want to take my eyes off them and only took a few photos.

After this warm up experience we were introduced to Chaka and Thandie in preparation for our 90 minute walk.

We also met a Marabou stork.Young and in rehab.

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Now that is a face only a mother could love.

The walk with Chaka and Thandie was the icing on the cake.


Everyone took a turn at leading.


When the cubs ran , the leaders had to run as well.

No, I didn’t run I took the option to drop the lead.

I calculated that after 90 mins they would be tired and I would take my turn to lead then.


We played soccer, walked, flopped to rest,patted while resting, more play, walk .

I managed to lead both brother and sister for at least 20 minutes.

The cubs finished the walk knowing their dinner would be waiting and we finished with drinks and nibbles.




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