- – Latest news from the Cheetah and Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer project near Port Elizabeth, South Africa – -
There is nothing more rewarding than being part of a successful cheetah release. In December 2013, the Cheetah & Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer project released a male cheetah called Kapi into a Private Game Reserve.
As Kapi was collared, they were able to monitor him closely. He did exceptionally well in the Kapama Game Reserve, and they were regularly updated by rangers, staff members and volunteers as to his whereabouts. At first he would stay close to the borders of the project, but he slowly started to move away into the reserve.
However, on the morning of 30 May 2014, they were contacted by Kapama rangers. They were extremely worried about Kapi. They had found him limping badly, and told them that he was very weak and struggling to move. They immediately contacted their local veterinarian to assist them, and the rangers assured them that they would stay within a close distance of Kapi to ensure that the veterinarian would be able to find him.
As the veterinarian arrived, Kapi was darted at the location where he was resting. He was taken to the veterinarian clinic where his injuries were properly examined and treated. X-rays were also taken to ensure that he had no broken bones.
They found that he had been bitten numerous times on his left front leg, and one of the toes on his left back leg was also injured quite badly. The injuries caused by the bites were treated and his toe was put in a splint.
Kapi is currently in the hospital at the Cheetah & Wildlife Rehabilitation project for a recovery period. A follow up examination will be done in a few days, but we are very optimistic that Kapi will make a full recovery
Thank you !
We would like to thank the rangers of Kapama for their invaluable assistance in getting Kapi the help he needed. And the staff and volunteers at the Cheetah & Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer project for their continued fantastic work !
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