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.