Focus on conservation – cheetahs – December 2016

This month we focus on the plight of the Cheetah in our Conservation focus. Sunday the 4th December is the International Day of the Cheetah (http://internationalcheetahday.com) which also co-incides with World Wildlife Conservation Day (https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-wildlife-conservation-day/)

Sadly the cheetahs appear on the IUCN Red List (International Union for the Conservation of Nature): status of North African cheetah: Critically Endangered. IUCN status of sub-Saharan cheetah: Vulnerable.  At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 6,600 of these majestic cats left in the wild.

As part of Billabong Zoo’s commitment to “Conservation through Education” we will be posting blogs and entries about cheetahs to our website and Facebook sites throughout this month as well as highlighting the plight of the cheetahs at our Zoo Keeper talks to visitors at Billabong Zoo. We are also supporters of Cheetah Outreach (www.cheetah.co.za) and sell their merchandise through our Zoo Shop which in turn helps the great work they are doing in South Africa.

We would like visitors to this page to enter our Cheetah photo caption competition. Just send us a caption to go with this great photograph of one of our two cheetah brothers (taken by one of our regular photographic contributors, Carole Grant). No more than 15 words. Simply use our website entry form. Winner gets a $50 Cheetah Outreach gift voucher and they also go into the major end-of year-draw (announced December 2017) along with 4 runners-up to win an Up-close Personal  Animals Encounters day at Billabong Zoo with some of our ambassador animals (details to be posted soon).  Entries for the Cheetah Photo Caption Competition close on 24th December 2016 with the winner (and runners-up) notified by the end of the year.

Good luck. We look forward to reading your captions.  And please do visit the following websites:

http://internationalcheetahday.com and www.cheetah.co.za