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Cheetah projects
are various facilities and locations which have been set up to help protect this highly endangered big cat from extinction. Most commonly the main work for these projects is taking in orphaned kittens after farmers have poisoned their mothers. The best projects have a proven track record of successfully releasing these cubs back into the wild once they have learned to fend for themselves. There is also a lot of good work done in educating local people to work with their cheetah populations rather than treating them as vermin.

It is worth noting that there are also disreputable places which keep captive cheetahs simply as an underhand method of luring in business, without any intention for release or even, in some cases, any great concern about the animals' welfare. We urge you to avoid such places.

Please refer to the article on cheetahs for information on seeing the animals in the wild.

The best known cheetah project is Africat in northcentral Namibia, a long-established project which is primarily involved in taking in cheetahs which have been shot or trapped on farms, rehabilitating them and working towards their re-release into the wild. It has been featured in various television documentaries. It covers a vast area of land and has some high quality accommodation at Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonkjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Villa and Okonjima Bush Suite. Activities include tracking radio-collared cheetahs and the project also caters for leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.

But the most prestigious cheetah project is probably the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), which is in the same neighbourhood and concentrates more on the research and education side. It is attempting to look after cheetahs around the world and has been involved in translocation and repopulation projects in Asia as well as Africa. This project can and really should be visited, although it is much less well geared up for overnight visitors, with much simpler accommodation options at Babson Guest House and Frans Indongo Lodge.

In the Kruger area of South Africa, the Moholoholo Rescue and Rehabilitation Project also works with cheetahs, albeit on a much smaller scale, but with decent accommodation options at Moholoholo Forest Camp.

In the Victoria Falls area of northern Zimbabwe, The Elephant Camp has a single rescue cheetah which guests are able to take for a walk. Although we are unsure of the ethically integrity, the animal does seem to be very well looked after, the experiences is exhilarating and the photo opportunities are unrivalled.
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