Side Profile Of Profile Of Black LeopardClose Up Portrait Of Leopard At Cheetah Experience Ashia In Paarl, Near Cape TownServal At Ashia Crossing The Stream

Our Animals

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At Ashia it’s all about cheetahs but cheetahs are not all you’ll see while on an educational animal & farm tour.

You will also see and learn about servals and leopards.
Your tour guide will provide you with multiple interesting facts about every species. Although our conservation focus lies on the cheetah, all small and big wild cat species face the same threats in the wild. Their status on the IUCN Red List does not always reflect the sad reality in the wild. Scientists and researchers say cheetahs should long be classed Endangered instead of just Vulnerable, being at the edge of extinction. And caracals or servals for example, although classified as Least Concern, have disappeared from over a third and leopards from over 75% of their historic range.

Education about the race for survival of cheetahs and other cats is one of the main objectives at Ashia.

We offer day and overnight visitors as well as volunteers and working holiday guests to learn in an ethical way about the plight of these cats. Far from being a “petting zoo”, we constantly seek new ways of providing people from around the world with a heart- but not hand-touching experience to spark their passion and will to help the cause of the cheetah and other small and big cats.

GETTING OUR YOUTH ON BOARD OF CONSERVATION EFFORTS IS CRUCIAL FOR THE SURVIVAL OF WILDLIFE TOMORROW.

Therefore, Ashia is working with and inviting schools to visit the project. To spark children’s passion and love for cat species or wildlife in general is one of the reasons our smaller cats found a forever home at AshiaUnfortunately, cheetahs and other big cats don’t respond well to children.
For this reason, we do not allow children under the age of 16 years on tour or in the vicinity of these enclosures.
This is for their own safety as well as the welfare of our animals.

Servals or caracals however love the companionship of children and are happy to come to the fence, purring, and greeting our younger visitors with a heart-warming verve.

OUR SERVALS

HAZEL, DRAKE & EBONY

Serval Cats Play In The Stream Of Their Natural Looking Habitat

Hazel was born on 28th November 2016 at Cheetah Experience Bloemfontein. As she was the only cub in the litter, her mother rejected her. She was on her own and needed a companion, so a few months on we introduced her to Drake and Ebony, born on 5th May 2017. It took a while for them to become friends. At first, Hazel wasn’t quite sure what to make of her new serval house-mates as they were a bit younger and full of energy! However, it didn’t take too long for them to bond and now they get along and enjoy each other’s company. Although older by almost half a year, Hazel is the smaller of the three.
Drake and Ebony are siblings, and are very affectionate. Drake is the biggest and a bit darker with distinctive markings. He has been castrated, as we do not breed with any cats at Ashia.
The three of them can be quite vocal at meal times, they love to play in the stream of their natural looking habitat and sometimes come to say hello when you whistle to them. They enjoy climbing on their different structures and trees, chasing each other around and basking in the early sun before finding a shady spot or some long grass to relax in.

OUR LEOPARD & BLACK LEOPARD

MISCHIEF AND PANTHERA

Picture of a female leopard lying down and looking directly into the camera.
Powerful Black Leopard Staring Directly Into The Camera. His Eyes Are Yellow

Mischief was born 13th March 2010 and Panthera on 29th April 2011. Since Missy – as we call her – was a little cub, her home was at Cheetah Experience Bloemfontein. Her name reflects her personality, but she is an incredibly good-natured leopard. She loves scent enrichment and relaxing with her fellow friend Panthera.
Panthera is a black leopard; he still has rosettes but they are a bit more difficult to see beneath his glossy dark coat. His nickname is black ninja – he is a very energetic leopard and enjoys bouncing around! He is rather vocal around feeding times, but only to tell you that he appreciates his food. Panthera loves to play with the enrichment we provide, especially with anything that he can carry, smash and destroy!
Both Mischief and Panthera are surgically sterilized, meaning they cannot have cubs, as we do not breed with any cats at Ashia. They clearly enjoy their big, natural looking habitat with a little dam and a stream, and Ashia will be their forever home.