Two Male Cheetahs Introduced onto Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
Exciting news for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. On the 11th of March 2023, Wildlife ACT’s iMfolozi Monitoring Team under the guidance of our partner Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) assisted with releasing a coalition of two new Cheetah males into their new home.
The introduction of the two males was conducted as part of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Range Expansion Project in conjunction with our Ezemvelo. The project aims to increase the genetic diversity of the wild Cheetah populations in order to safeguard the species and reduce the effects of inbreeding within isolated populations.
Both Cheetah have been fitted with GPS tracking units which were sponsored by the Forever Wild Foundation. These collars will allow the monitoring team to determine how long the brothers remain together as well as to closely monitor their movements post their release.
They have both been seen multiple times since their release and are in good condition. We look forward to providing more updates on these new additions and monitoring their contributions to the population over the coming months and years.