2 King Cheetah cubs born at the Big Cat & Endangered Wildlife Centre

We are proud and deeply honoured to be able to introduce two new baby King cheetahs to the world, at the Big Cat and Endangered Wildlife Centre, near Hoedspruit!

wildlife volunteer with king cheetah cubs
Rare King Cheetah cubs just born

The magnificent and rare King cheetah was first discovered in 1926, where it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although we now know that it is not a new species, but in fact just a pattern variation of a normal spotted cheetah, no one can dispute the fact that the King cheetah is possibly the most beautiful of Africa’s wild cats.

King cheetahs have been reported in the wild, including a sighting in the Kruger National Park in 1974, but are incredibly rare, even in captivity. As the distinctive fur pattern is caused by a rare mutation of a recessive gene, both parents must carry the ‘King gene’ in order for the offspring to show off the spectacular markings of a King cheetah.

wildlife volunteer with King Cheetah and cheetah cubs
The King cheetah father with his distinctive fur pattern

The mother of the cubs is not a King Cheetah herself, but carries the recessive gene, while the father is a King Cheetah himself.

And as if this wasn’t enough, a further nine ‘normal’ cheetah cubs have been born at the Centre in the last few months, and are all now walking and playing around, and keeping their mothers very busy!

So, if you would love to be a part of working with these beautiful cheetah, and volunteering at the Big Cat & Endangered Wildlife Centre, please give the Amanzi Travel team a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888 or email Gemma@amanzitravel.com

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A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over eight years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

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