December 9th, 2013
This week we decided to try to build a wig wam to use in caracal enrichment..
We have a pile of bamboo lying on the farm, so made a plan to try to bind it together to create something that will not only give some extra shade, but just be a bit different!
Caracals love to hide in long grass and bushes naturally so we hoped that this would be something that they would like..
With cable ties we bound the bamboo up in a wigwam shape, then to give some extra stability we wound some wire around the bottom to make a kind of frame.
To fill in the gabs we used some palm fronds and attatched them to the framework with cable ties..
The finished wig wam looked really cool, it took us quite a while to make so we really hoped that they would like it!
Luckily they loved it! Immediately they came to investigate, sniff and mark, then they began to use the wig wam to stalk each other1
Soon it was flat on the ground!
December 5th, 2013
Finally we have gotten some much needed rain here at Cheetah Experience..
The camps that were a dusty brown the whole winter are now turning green… Fresh grass is springing up wherever it can and giving the farm a new look!
Its like someone pressed a button! The cacti outside the gate have beautiful white flowers on them, the animals are playing in the tall waving grass…
The volunteers watered the grass and plants throughout the winter with little reward, its nice to see now how the plants grow and reach for the sun!
Come visit us and see for yourself how nice everything looks!
November 30th, 2013
That is pretty much how we look after work every day – and I like it. This is really a hands-on experience! Yesterday we introduced Gabriel, our 3 months old cheetah, to the rest of the cheetahs in the yard. Faith has some problems reading little Gabriel’s signals – even though he sends a lot of them. This ends up in some chasing around. First the cheetahs start, then the dogs join in and then the humans try to stop them all. I imagine it must look fun looking on the outside.
So the weather down here is changing a lot from day to day. Yesterday we had sun and warm weather – today it is “cold” and cloudy and we had hail and thunder this morning. A couple of days ago we had a thunderstorm. That was amazing! It was so beautiful.
People ask me if I have a favorite animal. I don’t. Faith is so clumsy and cute. Eden is a sweetheart, Dew is a troublemaker, Fiela and Bibi are gorgeous. Gabriel is just cute little ball of fur.The wolves are amazing and the leopards are just awesome animals.
Lilo – Denmark