Watch Ashia’s First Documentary
Ashia’s first documentary focuses on not only the plight of the fastest land mammal on earth, but also a new approach to address this conservation issue where captive-born cheetah are being successfully ‘wilded’ through an innovative approach to preserving an iconic species, and a collaborative partnership of stakeholders.
Ashia Cheetah Conservation is a registered non-profit company that was set up in 2018, with the goal of funding and managing Ashia’s Cheetah Release Program.
Ashia’s primary goal is to help prevent the further decline of cheetah populations and increase the genetic gene pool through captive breeding program. Captive-born cheetahs will be released into the protected wild of selected Private Game Reserves in South Africa.
The relatedness of the reserve populations has become an issue and preventing inbreeding without supplementation from outside populations will be practically impossible. Given the limited numbers in the wild, the release of captive-born cheetahs from scientific breeding program with strict DNA testing and accurate (Studbook) records on origin and parentage is a promising way to respond to the urgent need of reintroducing new blood lines to strengthen the wild populations.
Ashia Cheetah Conservation started its Breeding, Wilding and Release Program on 29 August 2018 at Kuzuko Lodge, a 15,000 ha private game reserve in the greater Addo area. Kuzuko is part of the Legacy Hotels & Resorts Group and is a member of the Inqo Investments Social Impact Investment Group, which combines job creation, conservation and social transformation.
One year into the program, five adult cheetahs have been wilded successfully and four sub-adult cheetahs – all born and raised in human care – have entered the program on Kuzuko. Two females have given birth in the breeding section and their cubs will be available for final release on Game Reserves mid-2020.
Two of the successfully wilded cheetahs have been translocated from the wilding sections at Kuzuko Lodge to their final release destinations on pre-selected Private Game Reserves within the South African Cheetah Meta-population, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and are doing very well.
More wilded cheetahs will soon be released into the protected wild of selected Game Reserves. Several potential reserves have already been identified and visited.
Whenever a wilded cheetah is released, the available space in the wilding sections is immediately used for the next captive-raised cats and the circle begins again.
The “wilding” of a captive-born cheetah is a true win for conservation on numerous fronts, with a large part of the achievement always being the successful collaboration between the various stakeholders involved in a release.
Main Objectives Of Ashia Cheetah Conservation:
- Actively participate and financially support the release of endangered species, especially cheetah, into the protected wild through our successful Cheetah Breeding, Wilding and Release Program set up in August 2018.
- Finance advanced knowledge about cheetah’s health, fertility and genetics through scientifically based research studies.
- Provide a facility for captive-raised cheetah earmarked fo release and a safe sanctuary for retired animals or those in need of special care.
- Provide local and international volunteers with an unforgetable opportunity to work with cheetahs, contribute to the conservation of this precious species, and promote the conservation of the cheetah in their own communities.
- Raise awareness for the South African wildflife by educating adolescents, especially those from underprivileged and marginalised communities in South Africa.
- Provide financial support for training adolescents, as well as scholarships for South African students, in the field of conservation and animal healthcare.
Watch Our SABC NEWS Coverage.
For Most Recent Updates & Developments:
Our Facebook Page Ashia Cheetah Conservation gives constant updates on the progress of the animals in the program as well as the release destinations of successfully wilded cats.