Lets Meet the Volunteers at WCCC
Volunteers at WCCC, come from far and wide to learn about cheetahs and aid in their conservation. Helping with cheetah runs and interactions, the volunteers contribution also forms an important part of the work at the Centre.
Cheetah conservation is a highly specialised field, because these Cheetahs present peculiar challenges. While human conflict and habitat loss are some of the reasons there is an decline in wild cheetahs throughout Africa, genetic defects are an main concern. Years of interbreeding have weakened the species, leaving them susceptible to genetic diseases, which are often related to the skin and bones.
Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge.
The WCCC is at the forefront of cheetah conservation in South Africa and is a globally recognised initiative. Through dedication, passion and the expertise of leading specialists in veterinary science, conservation dynamics and predator behaviour studies, the WCCC has rescued a number of cheetahs and released two into the wild. The WCCC is a sanctuary for cheetahs as well as a centre for knowledge and research in cheetah conservation, aiming to educate the public and promote awareness for the cheetah.
Therefore trained and knowledgeable caregivers ensure that the cheetahs receive the best care possible. The cheetahs benefit from a unique wildlife management programme that ensures they receive enough physical training and psychological stimulation every day by means of nursing, feeding, long walks, running exercises and interactions with visitors.