November 30th, 2013
When I left Cheetah Experience about 9 months ago I was so sad about leaving my home with the animals and the people I had grown to love so much. Coming back here feels just like I have returned home. There are a lot of volunteers from all over the world and from the moment I walked in I felt welcomed and happy.
On the first night it had been decided that some of Riana’s friends and some volunteers would shave their hair or spray it pink in honor of her cancer. It was an amazing night and was evident how much love and support all the people under this one roof have for Riana. She has been unbelievably brave and courageous the past week and I know all the people here will stand beside her through the tough year ahead.
The past week has been so lovely. There have been lion cubs – innocent, loving and cheeky ones, which welcomed me here with hugs and groans of joy. The thing that shocked me the most was going to see the wolves again. I was dreading them being distant and scared, but as soon as I stepped into their enclosure they came over, slightly hesitant, with their tails wagging. It was the nicest welcome back I could have asked for as being accepted once again as part of the pack, especially after 9 months was an extremely rewarding feeling. I then went to see Pardus and Zorro. It is safe to say that when I was last here Pardus, or lala had stolen my heart. As soon as I walked in she came over to me and started licking my hair and my face, one thing I had missed so much. It was a moment that really made me feel as if she remembered me.
Returning here has reminded me of the love and happiness that exists in both the animals and the people here at CE. Every day I wake up looking forward to the day ahead, and I cannot wait to feel this joy and excitement for the weeks to come.
November 30th, 2013
Today it was the lions turn to get enriched and our group decided to give them watermelons. Each of them got a watermelon, for Neptune, Napoleon and Acinonxy a big one and for Jubatus and Achilles a smaller one. We locked them in their feedingcamp and put the three watermelons in their camp. When Lizaene opened the feeding camp Acinonxy was the first one who came out to look what we put in their camp. He sniffed and licked the watermelon. When he picked it up with his mouth, he carried it around like it would weight nothing. Neptune and Napoleon needed a little bit more time, but they were also very interested and balanced the watermelon around. Achilles and Jubatus also liked their watermelon, they licked and played with it and after tasting it they made really weird faces. I think the lions enjoyed their enrichment today and had at least as much fun as we had watching them!
November 27th, 2013
It is my last week of 3 at Cheetah Experience. If you ask me “What is your favorite animal here?” I would answer:” I don’t know!” I had so many special moments with all of the animals, so I don’t want to decide which one was the best. So let me tell you some of these special moments.
When you play with little Gabrielle and he tries to catch his toy like the adult Cheetah do. It is such a cute behavior to watch. Or when I played and run with Faith and Eden. Even those young Cheetahs can run so fast. Another great moment on Cheetah side was the night I spend with Dew in her little house. She is such a lovely girl and it’s so special when she starts to lick your face, purr next to your head and fall asleep so you can’t move anymore.
The last weeks we did a lot of enrichments for all of the animals. I was in the leopard and lion team and we decided to make some ’ice cream with blood flavor’ and the leopards and lions loved it. They played with it, lick it and enjoyed this enrichment. Another special moment was when Shakira come to me, said hello and invited me to be a part of her wolf pack.
I am so glad to come here. I found a lot of new friends, become a part of this family and make so many awesome experiences.