Thursday, April 17, 2014

Relocation of Cheetah with C4 Images and Safaris collar

In a previous blog post “C4 Images and Safaris aids in the release of a wild captive leopard” C4 Images and Safaris received a phone call requesting funding for a collar, which would help in the release, and monitoring of a captured wild Leopard in the Magaliesberg. The released leopard was found to still be in the reserve a few days later and C4 has been receiving updates on its movements since. With the leopard now free roaming and not in need of its collar another use became available for the collar.

The occasion arose whereby a cheetah was found roaming on farmland in the North West Province. Conservation authorities believed the cheetah to be in danger and decided to relocate her to Pilanesberg National Park.

With one phone call to C4, the collar was arranged and placed on the wild female cheetah. She was relocated to Pilanesberg to bolster the existing cheetah population in the reserve and hopefully add to the genetic gene pool with the reserve.

The GPS collar enables monitoring of her 4 times a day. She has been named ‘Rain’ and spent her first night in the hills near the plains of the Makorwane dam.

With the collar they will be able to track her and capture good data on her progress within the park. We are proud and humbled to once again be able to aid conservation in such a direct manner and with such positive results.

A wild leopard roams free in the Magaliesberg and now a cheetah is being monitored in the safety of Pilanesberg.

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