Return Zulu the Cheetah back to the wild

By Brett Hagen

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Following Zulu's long awaited shoulder opperation on 22 November it was revealed that the damage to his shoulder is far greater then was originally envisaged. This means he will be unable to complete the re-wilding programme which is a major blow to everyone involved. However Zulu's story still continues, just not in the way originally envisaged. The team is currently looking into an alternative plan for Zulu and will provide an update shortly. Any donations made will still either go towards Zulu or the continuing GCF Cheetah rewilding programme

Zulu the Cheetah needs your help

Hello everyone

The Gondwana Conservation Fund (GCF) recently adopted a beautiful male cheetah called Zulu.

Zulu was orphaned at a young age and raised by a loving family in their home on a game ranch in Zululand, South Africa. The family that raised him realised that he is now too old to continue to be raised in their home and deserved a chance to be returned to the wild. They were desperate to find somewhere suitable and we just couldn't say no. So we stepped in, and with the help of others, paid for his flight so that he can begin a new life on Gondwana.

We've got Zulu to his new home, now we need your help to secure his future

Zulu’s arrival is however just the first step in his re-wilding. This is a process that will take a couple of years. In that time we need to feed him and train him to hunt and survive on his own before being able to release him on a special, large portion of land on Gondwana where he can live out his life and have lots of cubs with the female Cheetahs that are also part of the re-wilding programme.

However, until then just feeding Zulu will cost R2,000 a month. We will also need to hire a full time experienced guide to assist with implementing the
re-wilding programme plus any veterinary care he may need along the way. After starting the initial phase of Zulu’s re-wilding program it became evident that he unfortunately requires surgery to remove a tiny bone fragment from his shoulder which is a result of an injury he had as a juvenile in captivity. The bone fragment is causing severe discomfort and, if not dealt with, will prohibit him from being re-wilded. We are working with specialists for Zulu to undergo key-hole surgery to remove the fragment. The prognosis is very promising; however, it is going to cost a further R50 000.

The GCF Cheetah re-wildling programme has already been successful in re-wilding several other Cheetah, and Zulu will join three other cheetahs on the re-wilding programme all of whom will contribute to cheetah conservation in southern Africa. To find out more please visit the GCF website

To learn even more watch our full length video click here

Or watch some of the videos put together by our amazing Zulu Warriors here

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Ultimately, together with the surgery, we believe the Gondwana Conservation Foundation will need at least R475,000 (£25,000) for the ongoing cheetah re-wilding project. We are therefore about to launch an exciting new Crowdfund campaign through to try and raise the funding required to achieve our goals. This is where we need your help.

All donors will be given regular updates on Zulu's progress as he goes through the stages of ultimately being returned to the wild.

As well as donors we are also looking for Zulu Warriors to tell as many people as possible about Zulu and the campaign and spread the word.

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Team Members

Brett Hagen

Vanessa Naude