By Gladys Kalema Zikusooka
Today 4th December is International Cheetah Day.
We would like to share with you some images of cheetahs that our team helped to rescue from Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in Karamoja, eastern Uganda where CTPH has been implementing a One Health model with funding from the French Embassy Social Development Fund.
Pian and Upe who will be two years old next month in January were orphaned when their mother was killed. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) park rangers rescued them from the community and looked after them.
It was later decided that the cheetahs be taken to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) to meet their special dietary needs. Karimajong Overland Safaris transported the cheetahs from Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve to UWA and CTPH transported the cheetahs from UWA to UWEC. UWEC have taken very good care of the cheetahs who quickly gained weight.
UWEC is currently building an enclosure and has so far raised sh17 million of the 50 million Uganda shillings required. Most people in Uganda don’t know that we have cheetahs, and these are the first cheetahs at UWEC. Cheetahs are rare and only found in Karamoja wildlife reserves, Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks.
Please enjoy some photos of these precious cheetahs.