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Kuzuko Welcomes Second Litter of Cheetahs
The second litter of cheetah cubs has successfully been born into the protected wild of Kuzuko Lodge as part of the joined ‘Breeding, Wilding and Release Project’ set up by Ashia Cheetah Conservation and Kuzuko Lodge in 2018.
The four cubs were birthed by another captive-born female cheetah who forms part of this ground-breaking conservation programme, having arrived at Kuzuko Lodge earlier this year already pregnant. All four cubs are doing well and have tripled in size already.
The conservation programme primarily focuses on the wilding and introduction of captive-bred cheetahs and their offspring into the protected wild. The ultimate purpose is to strengthen the gene pool and to secure a viable cheetah metapopulation in South Africa, in order to prevent the further decline of cheetah numbers in the wild. Once old enough to fend for themselves, these cubs will enter the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, which in turn will identify suitable game reserves to move them to, in order to ensure a viable genetic diversity of the species.
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