It is with much sadness we report that Letotse, our remaining ambassador cheetah passed away on the 9th June 2012. 16 years ago, Mokolodi Nature Reserve took on two male cheetah cubs, Duma and Letotse, whose mother had been killed due to livestock conflict. They quickly became an important part of Mokolodi and wonderful ambassadors of their species. Duma and Letotse were originally part of the reason for starting up CCB and through their presence at Mokolodi they offered tens of thousands of people the opportunity of getting close to a cheetah. They played a pivotal role in educating people about cheetah and predators in general. They will be sincerely missed! Due to old age, in September last year Duma died as a result of renal failure. Earlier this month, Letotse, his brother also died from renal failure brought on by his advanced years. In a country where livestock farming is so prevalent, helping people understand the role of predators in the wild is of paramount importance and we will always be grateful to Duma and Letotse for helping to raise awareness for this threatened species in Botswana. Of course, their spirits will live on through the work of Cheetah Conservation Botswana!
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