Two new cheetahs join Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Two sub-adult cheetahs, Ndjozi and Joe, are the latest additions to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Gauteng. The two cats are part of the cheetah expansion project at the Endangered Species Trust.

The female, Ndjozi, comes from the Western Cape and Joe, the male comes from Limpopo. Ndjozi will remain at Rietvlei but Joe will be relocated again to Karingane Nature Reserve in Mozambique next year, according to SABC. They are both 19 months old.

‘We’ve released them on Rietvlei so they can learn how to hunt together, so that they can make mistakes together. So that they can become functional cheetahs together,’ Vincent van der Merwe, cheetah meta-population manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust said.

‘And when they are functional, Ndjozi will do her own thing on Rietvlei and hopefully raise many cubs and then Joe will go to Mozambique where he will hopefully do well and help establish cheetahs in Karingane Nature Reserve in Mozambique.’

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Source: Getaway