Apologies for the above graph, not very clear, but frightening!
A simple graph of the population of cheetahs in 1900 (100,000) through 2015 (est 7,500) and if the same trend continues the line takes us into 2025. That is just 10 years from now. No cheetahs left in the wild and very little being done about it now. There 2 ways we could help, education and captive breeding. BUT getting these 2 subjects as priorities in any country appears to be pretty slim. Too little, too late
My book was started quite a few years back, forced on me by my wife Linda! I have led a very interesting life working with wildlife. From the zoo in Edinburgh, to Botswana with an animal catching outfit, South Africa on an ostrich farm. Then I helped built a crocodile farm, Was offered a position to manage a game farm, where there were 15 captive cheetahs. This was my first encounter with cheetahs and ended up being a 30 year love affair. I moved to de Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Center which I managed for 25 years. Helping to build it into the most successful cheetah breeding center in the world.
There has been quite an assortment of animals and people in my life who influenced me that deserve to be mentioned as being instrumental in helping me survive a real dream come true.
It starts at the beginning, when I was born and covers my journey through all of the above, I’ve added quite a few photographs from the early days to the present.
I was born in Scotland, many years ago, and now have over 40 years of working with wildlife, in Zoos, Game Farms, Breeding Centers and other places where animals are kept in captivity. As I grow older, don’t know how much older I can get, I’m ancient now, I feel sad for animals in captivity. I wish we could have everything running free but in the real world that will not happen.
Fortunately Zoos are upgrading and giving their animals better conditions and the big word here is- ENRICHMENT. Trying to make the best out of a difficult situation
There we go, changing the subject already, we’ll get back to enrichment later.
I have worked for over 30 years with Cheetahs. My first time was on the game farm I took over as manager. 20 cheetahs and me with no idea what to do. Luckily there were people around to help, over the phone, which were landlines in those days. But I managed and with patience and observation I learnt about cheetahs. Now after all those years I can say I know a bit more about cheetahs than the average person
Hi everyone, this site is mainly to promote my book which is now in print on Amazon.com
Thereafter we will discuss wildlife, I have over 40 years experience. After that we will most likely get sidetracked onto something completely unrelated, which is great. Welcome to the journey through my mind!