Our Female Cheetahs
I’m the reason Cheetah Experience started, and the first cheetah ever at Cheetah Experience!
Today, the cheetah’s survival is threatened and the species is now becoming one of Africa’s most endangered “big cats”. Cheetahs are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red list. It is estimated that only around 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild. This is a huge drop from the 14,000 estimated in 1975 and 100,000 estimated in 1900.
Hello I’m Juno!
I’m one of the younger cheetahs at Cheetah Experience. My friends always say I have really dark fur and piercing eyes, just like my Dad, Apollo. I’m also super fast, and you might find me running in the field at the farm, or chasing around my best friend Neo.
At top speed, the length of a stride of a cheetah is approximately 7 metres. We have very long and strong back legs to quickly gain speed.
Hi I’m Neo!
I’m one of the younger cheetahs at Cheetah Experience, and my best friend is Juno! I’m a very loving cheetah, and have a very playful nature! But I’m also very easy to fall in love with. My friends say I have a fuzzy teddy bear like face!
In Central Iran only about 50 Asiatic cheetahs remain in the wild with numbers fast declining. Researchers and conservationists are trying to protect the small number remaining but it is feared that they are acting too late.
Hi I’m Faith!
I’m a really special cheetah, having survived meningitis at a young age, being one of two cheetahs in the world who have survived this disease! Through the love of the staff and many months of rehabilitation, I got back my ability to walk again, but people do say I walk a bit funny. But I can run perfectly fine which is quite amazing!
Hi I’m Sahara!
My best friend is everybody! I’m the loudest purring cheetah at the project, and you can often hear my purr before you can see me! I love saying hello to everyone that walks past my home, and watching all of the cheetahs in the other enclosures!
Hi I’m Love!
I am smaller than most cheetahs but people say that's what makes me very cute! I have the sweetest personality and will always come over for a kiss or a cuddle.
When cheetahs run, we use our tails as rudders to make a 90º turn at top speed!
Hi I’m Legacy!
People say I have big, beautiful eyes and have one of the loudest purrs! I had a little bit of a rough start in life before I arrived at Cheetah Experience. Since I came here, I have had multiple surgeries on my leg and now I’m finally able to run around! This is exactly the reason why I love to bounce around like a kid and play soccer with the volunteers.
Hi I’m Mary!
I’m one of the older female cheetahs and it’s really easy to recognize me, as I’m way darker than the other cheetahs. I am one of the gentlest animals on the farm, always happy to come over for a cuddle.
Hi I’m Bijoux!
I only arrived recently at Cheetah Experience, together with my friend Catja. Just like her, I’m rather small, which apparently makes me really cute. I was very shy at first but am really starting to open up to people and even come up to you to get some cuddles sometimes!
In loving memory of Dew
Lovingly you lived
Lovingly you gave
In giving, you gave your all
It is with greatest sadness that we announce the passing away of our beloved Dew. Words can't describe how much she will be missed. Run free beautiful girl.
Abigale & Joyce
Hello we’re Joyce & Abigale!
We were born at Cheetah Experience in 2016. Our mum Abby was rushed in for a caesarean section after a prolonged labour. All 5 cubs in our litter were born with breathing difficulties, and the staff worked very hard to help warm them up and get them breathing properly.
Amazingly, despite many health struggles, all 5 of us survived, and are known as the miracle 5! My three other brothers and sisters have gone on to be a part of other facilities, where they will become ambassadors for the cheetah species!
Our Male Cheetahs
Hello I’m Joseph!
I am currently one of the older males at Cheetah Experience! I came from a different project but that doesn't make me any less affectionate. You'll always hear me purr when you walk past!
Cheetahs have large nostrils and lungs which provide quick air intake; we also have a large liver, heart and adrenals which help facilitate a rapid physical response.
Hi I’m Raphael,
I’m one of the biggest male cheetahs at Cheetah Experience! People say I’m very handsome, and I love sitting by the fence to watch the neighbor's animals! I was born at another project, and am at Cheetah Experience to help diversify the bloodlines of cheetahs born at this project.
Cheetahs have special paw pads and semi-retractable claws that provide great traction when we start running and change direction.
Zeus & Noah
Hello we’re Zeus and Noah!
We are two of the sweetest friends you will ever meet, and are always together and watching out for each other, even when eating we like to eat close to each other. We love playing with each other, and are an example of a successful male cheetah coalition.
Male cheetahs live in coalitions of about 2-4 adults, while females are mostly solitary. We use these coalitions to make it easier to hunt!
Hello I’m Gabriel!
I was born in 2013 at another project, and my father Shakran was at the other project to help diversify the bloodlines of cheetahs between the breeding projects. I was brought here by Riana to live at Cheetah Experience and grow up with my new family! I love walking with people that walk past my home, and you might hear me purring when you walk past!
The black tear mark on a cheetahs face is designed to absorb the sunlight when hunting and is unique to every cheetah like a fingerprint to a human.
Hi I’m Jeremiah!
I am juvenile male cheetah at Cheetah Experience, and make a lot of people laugh with the silly things I do. I share my enclosure with my friend Ranee and we are inseparable!
Cheetahs have amazing eyesight, and can see up to 5km away on a clear day!
Hello I’m Adamu!
I am Faith's brother and just like her, I have a curly tail! You might not believe it but I love attention even more than my sister does! Even when I'm at the back of my enclosure, I will come running if you just call my name!
Hello I’m Kenji!
I’m a male cheetah, and my mum is Jesse! I was the only cub born in the litter, and my mum wasn’t able to continue providing sufficient milk for me to put on weight, so I had to be hand raised. For a while, I lived with the caracals Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn and the servals Lyra and Vega, but when I began to outgrow them I moved to a bigger enclosure!
Cheetahs live about 8 years in the wild, and live on average to about 15 years in captivity.
Hello I’m Mafusa!
I was the first male cheetah at Cheetah Experience! I may look tough but I actually really enjoy getting attention from people walking past my house. When I’m by the fence, I will always come over to say hi and get a good scratch behind my ears!
Jabez left Cheetah Experience in September 2019 to go to Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary in Paarl. He is being prepared to be released soon.
Ivory left Cheetah Experience in December 2018 to be released into the protected wild, financed by Ashia Cheetah Conservation NPC. He is doing really well and has been self-sustaining ever since he was released.