Two male two-and-a-half-year-old cheetahs have been introduced to the Mabula Private Game Reserve in Limpopo. The reserve is about 12,000 hectares in area and is about 45 km from Bela Bela (Warmbaths). This is the first time cheetah have been introduced to the reserve.
Both cats were born and grew up in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Western Cape and are completely independent from their mother and have been hunting on their own for at least six months. Before they were introduced into the Mabula Private Game Reserve, the cats spent some weeks in a boma to become familiar with their surroundings and to curb their instinct to run away, in an attempt to return to where they came from.