Iziba arrived in the Cape Cheetah conservation 3 years ago. She was living in a flat in Cape Town, like a pet. Now she is fine and she will be released soon.

Name: Iziba

Sex: Female

Age: Three

Birthday: 14th of August

Category: .


About Iziba

Iziba has been rescued when she was 4 months old. The Cape Cheetah Team found her in a flat in Cape Town. Unfortunately some people thought that it is great to have wild animal as pets. Especially in the middle East it was a huge trend. Last year, at least, 90 cheetahs have been transported to the middle East illegally. Most of them do not survive because they are such in bad conditions. If they do survive, the owner use them for photo shoots with their Ferrari’s until they get bored and put his “wild pet” in a small cage. Luckily, those people realized that it was not the best idea when Iziba started to destroy their furniture,  so they called the Cape Cheetah Team and they took her into their rehabilitation program.

Iziba is a small  female cheetah,  because the people that owned her did not know anything about cheetahs and therefore she was fed incorrectly, which is normal cat food. When she arrived at Cape Cheetah conservation, Iziba’s diet completely changed but the first months are crucial for the cheetah’s future development. Now Iziba is very happy and  is a crazy cheetah. She has a very playful and naughty personality. She enjoys every second of her freedom. Maybe, soon, the Cape Cheetah team will be able to release her since they think she will do great out there, she just still needs to learn a couple of things and calm down a bit.

Now she has a lot of energy, and it is possible to see Iziba during a cheetah interaction.


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The Western Cape Cheetah Conservation is a renowned rescue and rehabilitation centre for cheetahs in the Western Cape. In the year 2008, the founder of Capecheetah, Damien Vergnaud saved Velvet, Shady and Joti, when they were only 1 month when these cheetah cubs were abandoned in a bathroom. Today, each cheetah has his own heroic, but sometimes heartbreaking, story. The aim of the centre is to rescue more cheetahs from similar situations with the goal of rehabilitating them and releasing them into the wild. The Western Cape Cheetah Conservation then expanded and implemented a breeding programme which is aimed at countering the decline within the African cheetah population as well as increasing the genetic diversity within this species. Today Inverdoorn and Cape Cheetah can boast about the success of releasing two cheetahs back into the wild and then seeing numerous cheetah cubs being born on the reserve. Come and witness the fastest land animal reach his ultimate speed and get to know more about the cheetahs and why these runs are important to the well-being of these cheetahs.

Contact Us

112 Loop street,
8001, Cape Town
South Africa.

e: contact@capecheetah.org
phone:+27 21 422 00 13
fax: +27 (0)214 22 41 81

About WCCC

Capecheetah is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for cheetahs based at Inverdoorn Game Reserve in the Western Cape. It was found by reserve owner Damian Vergnaud to fight the species extinction.


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