About the Dell Cheetah Centre
The Dell Cheetah Centre is committed to conservation through education, breeding and reintroduction.
We are a small non-profit organisation situated on the Farm Vaal Rock, approximately 10 km outside the town of Parys in the Free State Province of South Africa.
We are a small team, all of whom are passionate about cheetahs.
Our History, Goals & Aims
The Dell Cheetah Centre was founded in 2009 by myself, Estelle and my husband, Pieter Kemp as part of our ongoing commitment to cheetah conservation. We have been working with cheetahs since 2001, originally as part of the Savannah Cheetah Foundation.
We started breeding cheetah in captivity and have supplied facilities in Toronto, USA, France and Japan. Cheetahs that have been incorporated into breeding facilities in the hope that less would be taken from the wild.
Sadly, though, numbers are still decreasing. We are working on a reintroduction project, where we plan to release captive bred cheetahs back into their natural habitat through a three phase programme.
Our Reintroduction Project
Easier said than done. Loss of habitat is one of the main factors for the demise of the cheetah. Finding suitable land to release them onto, is a challenge.
Cheetah cubs stay with their mother for a period of between 16 to 24 months. During this important phase of their lives, the mother teaches them to hunt suitably sized prey.
Cheetah born in captivity (which all of ours have been), although born with the hunting intinct, have not been taught to hunt by its mother. Hence lacking the knowledge and technique to stalk, capture and kill suitable prey. The only possible solution was to take a long-term view of the problem and to allow mothers to teach their cubs to hunt.
- Phase 1: Breeding and selection
- Phase 2: Reintroduction preparation
- Phase 3: Research and Release