At Cheetah Experience Ashia
have been hand-raised; this is because we feel
that for animals to live with as little stress as possible they need to be used to their human carers. Therefore, any animals that are born at the facility stay with their mother for 6-8 weeks to get the necessary milk for their growth and development and then are continued to be raised by staff members.
OUR SINGLETON CHEETAH
Zeus was born at Cheetah Experience Bloemfontein on the 30th March 2017 and was the only cub in the litter. Jesse, his mother, came to us shortly after him. Cheetahs that give birth to only one cub, called a singleton, often cannot produce enough milk to keep the cub alive. Typically, females in the wild will let a single cub die, after which they will enter estrus and breed again. As his mother was a hand-raised cheetah, she was tame enough to allow the staff to intervene and we were able to assist with milk stimulation. This meant he stayed with his mother for 2 weeks, which is the crucial time period for him to get the Colostrum and other nutrients from her milk to boost his natural immunity. Unfortunately, after 2 weeks, she would no longer allow him to breast feed – he started to lose weight and he was taken from his mother to ensure his survival. He was hand-raised by Riana and he will one day be a friend for Fiela.
Zeus is a confident little cub with a unique and strong personality. He loves to play with his bottle toys and chase his football around his enclosure and we can already see he will love running on our lure machine. He gets a lot of attention from our staff and volunteers and he also loves his canine friends Zen and the little black puppy Asla.