Thaki (a conflict cheetah rescued locally from a snare and rehabbed at Cheetah Camp) was taken to her new neighborhood in one of the Wildlife Management Areas in South West Botswana. After a week of scouting, the team finally chose a large, currently dry pan as a release site, with lots of evidence of springbok and steenbok in the area. She will be very far from the nearest livestock (about 80km), but a bit closer to the lions of the Kalahari Transfrontier Park (KTP) only about 30km. We hope that she should not have any trouble avoiding the livestock conflict that originally got her ensnared and if she can manage to avoid the lions, she will do just fine. She was fitted with a new satellite collar so we will be keeping a close eye on her movements. When her release box was opened, she burst out, ran a dozen strides, then paused and looked back at the team and disappeared into the bush. We hope that she will live long and prosper in her new home.
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