Two Precious Bundles of Joy thriving at Buffelsdrift
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has long believed conservation, not just tourism, needs to be a key part of the mindset of game lodges in the Western Cape. That’s part of why we established the Buffelsdrift Foundation, to help preserve and conserve our exquisite natural heritage for future generations. As two new cheetah cubs take their first steps inside the lodge, we couldn’t be prouder!
The Trouble with Cheetahs
As Africa’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah is a force to be reckoned with. Naturally pretty solitary, they also like to stretch their legs across massive territories, meaning they’re often brought into conflict with humans as we fence, tame, and farm the land they would naturally view as their territory.
This need for open skies and large territories makes them very hard to conserve, as well. Even the largest reserves can only boast relatively few free-roaming cheetahs (between two and thirty) in a healthy, natural population, and smaller reserves often can’t sustain a meaningful breeding population at all. Fully wild cheetahs are difficult to relocate, too, and the stress of wild capture leads to too many lost animals.
Until now, that is! In partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Buffelsdrift has teamed up with other private and smaller reserves in the area to be part of their critical cheetah conservation efforts.