Cheetah Breeding Initiative


Cheetah Rehabilitation

A.R.C faces one of its greatest challenge in the Cheetah Breeding Initiative due to the daunting task of rehabilitating imprinted cheetahs that can never be released into the wild. However, despite facing financial setbacks due to a poaching attack on three of Aquila’s Rhino’s, we remained determined. Our mission to combat the rapid decline of cheetah numbers in the wild, primarily caused by habitat loss, conflict with humans domestic animal populations (resulting in a loss of prey), remains at the forefront of our conservation efforts.

To date, we are thrilled to announce that the Cheetah Breeding Programme has made remarkable progress. As we continue on this journey, we invite you to be a part of this critical conservation initiative. With your support, we can further our efforts in protecting South Africa’s cheetah population for generations to come. 

Three adult cheetah sitting atop a vantage point at ARC, Aquila's Rescue Centre.

Our Hope For Future Generations

While breeding in captivity is very difficult, ARC’s cheetah programme has led to three successful litters born at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, a huge achievement for any wildlife reserve and animal rescue organisation. Our rehabilitation camps are set up in such a way to allow cheetahs that show interest in one another to interact in a more natural manner. And, thanks to the unwavering support of our rescue team and much-need public donations, we are actively contributing towards the preservation of the Western Cape’s cheetah population and genetic diversity.

The Cheetah Rescue Programme

A lot of work goes into ensuring every cheetah has the best nutrition, exercise, social stimulation, and enriching environment possible. The diet and exercise needs of cheetahs are extremely important, and it’s something we prioritise for their long-term well being. The cheetahs are fed a varied diet, containing, for example, full feathered birds, red meat, game meat, and rabbit. As part of their rehabilitation, the cheetah engage in “The Cheetah Run,” reaching speeds of up to 120kmph while chasing a lure down a safe runway. 



KINGDOM: Animalia

PHYLUM: Chordata

CLASS:  Mammalia

ORDER : Carnivora

FAMILY: Felidae

GENUS: Acininyx (no-move-claw) GREEK

SPECIES:  Jubatus (6 sub-species )

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Inverdoorn's Cheetah Run