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Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Cheetah Update: Nina

From your last update on Nina, we’d like to tell you a bit more about her and what she has been doing over the past six-month period.

As you know, Nina and her brother Josie arrived at CCF when they were 8 months old. As they reached sexual maturity, they had to be separated. They were both put together with other orphans of similar ages. Since they were about 16 months of age, Nina has been living in CCF’s 200 acre Bellebeno camp with 10 other female cheetahs. Her favorite companion is Solo, but these two females also spend a lot of time with another female Misty.

Nina always waits at the gate with her two friends and when the keepers want to come into the enclosure to feed, they have to “move” the girls away from the gate. Usually luring them with to one side, as the truck drives in. Once in, the CCF staff drive the truck down the road of the 200 acre enclosure, with the cats running behind. This gives them daily exercise before getting their food. Nina always follows the car very closely, keeping nicely up to speed as she likes to be one of the first to get her food that is then thrown out of the back of the truck to each individual cheetah.

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