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A unique opportunity to experience conservation in action! CCF is the global leader in cheetah research, conservation and education. Its Centre, 44 kms east of Otjiwarongo, is open to the public all year round (8 am-5pm) except Christmas. CCF works...more
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A cheetah rescue facility. Not really a zoo but has some similar attributes. Animals here have generally been rescued and cannot be returned to the wild. Beautiful animals and you can get very close in the Jeep. A worthwhile cause and nice place to visit.
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Response from TaylaCCF, Guest Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund
Responded 24 Oct 2019
Hello TAMAN1951, Thanks for the review! We are a research facility that is open to the public, and so we are delighted that you were able to learn about cheetah conservation, as well as see some of our non-releasable cheetahs up close from the safety of the safari vehicle. We are a not-for-profit organisation and so we (and the cheetahs) appreciate your support greatly. Thanks for spreading the word, I hope you enjoy your travels through Namibia. Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Really well priced trip. The work these guys do is amazing it really gave us such a buzz to see how 1 person can make such a difference in starting something like this up. It's run really well, the guides are knowledgeable and the museum is packed with fascinating information.
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Response from TaylaCCF, Guest Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund
Responded 7 Oct 2019
Hello! Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad that your family was able to attend the daily cheetah feeding activity, and that you were able to learn some information about cheetahs and cheetah conservation, from both our education centre and our staff. I've passed on your feedback about our cafe', too! Much of the produce is locally grown or sourced from CCF itself (such as the chevre cheese on the wraps which are made here from the milk of our goats in our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme) - so thank you, this feedback is terrific. Thank you for spreading the word! All the best to you Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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We arrived without a reservation and only had to wait for 30 minutes before the next tour. We got into an open Jeep and were taken to the enclosure where the 4 resident cheetahs live. They’re old now so can’t be reintroduced to the wild. We were fortunate in that we were there
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Response from TaylaCCF, Guest Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund
Responded 17 Sep 2019
Good day! Wow, what a wonderful review to read. I am delighted to hear that you were able to see Darwin, Livingstone, Polly and Rohini-Talala; four of our resident cheetahs here at CCF. Thank you for sharing some information about your visit to CCF. As you say, some of our non-releasable cheetahs are now older in age, and most of them were rescued when they were only a few weeks or months old. They received special attention and care from our trained keepers and veterinarians, and many of these cheetahs were confiscated or found with illness and injury. These cheetahs are therefor greatly habituated to humans, and as such cannot safely be released into the 'wild'. They do spend much of their time now relaxing, playing and exercising, or feeding (I am glad that you were able to join the feeding time, it's great to watch!), and they are excellent ambassadors to their species, too. It's great to hear that you were able to learn about our conservation mission and our education, research and farmer assistance programmes to save the cheetah from extinction. Thank you for visiting and supporting the cheetahs, your support goes a long way. Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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We booked for cheetah run and cheetah drive in the morning. We spend 1100 nad for this activities and we are a little bit disappointed. In fact the cheetahs are running every day at 8am and so used to see the lure that they are not really excited and run only some minutes. The
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Response from TaylaCCF, Guest Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund
Responded 17 Sep 2019
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to visit and review your experience of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. We appreciate your feedback and the positive reflection that you have given on CCF's research, education and conservation programmes. The collective support that CCF has is why these programmes and initiatives continue, so thank you. I am sorry to hear that you didn't find the cheetah run activity to be a fantastic experience. I operate the lure course myself, and so I am happy to explain some information about how long the cheetahs may run for and why, and also how often each cheetah may run per week. The cheetah run is an entirely optional activity for our non-releasable cheetahs. It not only gives the cheetahs a chance to exercise and maintain great physical health but also provides an excellent source of enrichment (which provides excellent photo opportunities as they can spend time stalking or being playful). Each cheetah is given the opportunity to run on our lure course every 2-3 days, so this means that they are given a few days of rest in-between. We do not fast out cheetahs or scent the rag on our lure course to encourage them to run; the moving rag plays upon their instincts to chase moving objects. Their enthusiasm during the cheetah run certainly does vary from cheetah to cheetah and from day to day, influenced by factors such as a cheetah's age, daily energy levels, and weather. I am sorry to hear that the run did not meet your expectations, it sounds as if the cheetahs that morning were not sprinting with energy, but I trust that you were able to witness some of their behaviours, observe their interactions with one another, and were able to get some fantastic photos, nonetheless. The cheetah drive activity allows visitors to join a CCF Tour Guide to drive into one of the very large enclosures that the non-releasable cheetahs live in. Cheetahs naturally spend most of their time resting or sleeping and are particularly inactive during the hottest times of the day, which allows them to conserve their energy. Our cheetah drive activity includes great photo opportunities to see Darwin, Livingstone, Polly or Rohini-Talala in all of their natural behaviours (even feeding if guests are there at the right time), a visit to the Livestock Guarding Dog Facility and CCF Model Farm, access to the educational centre/museum, and attendance of midday cheetah feeding of 13 non-releasable cheetahs at our centre. Thank you for your feedback regarding the cost of your visit, that is something that I can certainly send onto Management, as that allows us to increase our service to match the cost of what visitors pay for activities to see the cheetahs. Thank you again, I am always looking forward to any additional feedback or comments, and am only too happy to answer any further questions that you may have. All the best to you Tayla Green tayla@cheetah.org Guest Experience Manager Cheetah Conservation Fund
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CCF is not a safari destination, rather it is an excellent research facility dedicated to saving the very endangered cheetahs. Laurie Marker started CCF almost 30 years ago, and is the worlds expert in Cheetah Biology and Conservation. The grounds and facility are extensive
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Response from TaylaCCF, Guest Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund
Responded 11 Sep 2019
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of CCF, what a wonderful review to read. You have shared some wonderful information about our world-class research facility, and have really highlighted our mission - to save this vulnerable species from extinction. On behalf of CCF and most of all, the cheetahs, thank you for your support to our not-for-profit organisation, and for 'spreading the word' about the plight of the cheetah. We hope to see you again in the future. Take care, Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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