Namibia: Cheetah Released Back Into the Wild

by Nov 9, 2011Big Cats

Windhoek — The N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary near Windhoek has released its 40th collared carnivore in Namibia.

On October 30, 2011, the cheetah, known as Boris, was released back into the wild after spending four months at N/a’an ku sê.

Boris first came to N/a’an ku sê in May 2011 while hunting game on a small game farm near Windhoek.

The farmer did not want to harm the four-year old male cheetah and called for help from the sanctuary.

He spent a short time at the N/a’an ku sê and was transported to the Namib Conservation Centre near Solitaire in June.

There, the most important task was to get Boris back into a good condition because when he was first released into the camp, he was slightly under-weight. He did not eat all food given to him at the wildlife sanctuary.

On the morning of October 30, Boris underwent a final health check and received a new collar, prior to being released back into the wild.

A film crew from Homebrew Films, who are filming for an ongoing documentary series about N/a’an ku se for Animal Planet, witnessed the release.

The series will be called ‘Wild Animal Orphans’ and will be aired on DSTV across the whole of Africa in March 2012.

Through the GPS data provided by Boris’ collar, N/a’an ku sê will be able to track the cheetah’s movements on a daily basis.

The data gathered about his movements will be invaluable for the ongoing research of N/a’an ku se’s Carnivore Research Project.

“This is the 40th release for N/a’an ku sê, but also the first release for the Namib Conservation Centre, a conservation initiative recently founded by N/a’an ku sê in partnership with the Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch,” the foundation said yesterday.