Woke up to a beautiful morning. The beds were basic but I slept well. It was really warm inside because of the thatched roof, but the mornings are cold.
We were invited to go and watch the ‘cheetah run’. It was amazing to see them running at even 3/4 of their top speed, especially because they were less than 5 meters from us and there was no fence between us and them.
The cheetahs in captivity need to be exercised. They are in captivity because they were found as cheetah cubs as their mother had been shot. They were raised by hand and so they are used to humans now and cannot return to the wild.
The machine is designed to keep orphaned cheetahs stimulated. The mechanism is an adapted from a greyhound racetrack system but this one can move clockwise as well as anti-clockwise and stop too. The cheetahs are smart enough to realise that is the coloured rag only goes in one direction all they have to do is sit and wait!
Brian gave us an orientational guide and explained the importance of visitors to the centre. He said that CCF’s work in educating Namibian schoolchildren will help the future generations of farmers and communities as 80% of Namibians rely directly or indirectly on farming, whether it be large commercial farming or small subsistence farming.
After lunch I helped feed the livestock guarding dogs and their puppies. I met many dogs and found that every last one of them had their own unique personality! The dogs are really important to cheetah conservation due to the fact that they look after the farmer’s sheep and goats, barking every time a predator is near (this means that the cheetah/ leopard will not kill the animals and therefore the farmer will not trap and shoot the cheetah)! We had another amazing dinner and then went to bed for the night.