How fast can a cheetah run wild and free?
Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world. They can go from zero to 100km/ h in only three seconds. The cheetahs’ top speed can reach up to 120km/h. But habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade and hunting for their distinctive spotted coats made these impressive animals critically endangered. A quick counterreaction is also needed. For this reason, we joined forces with the Ann Van Dyk Center in South Africa to save these big cats and other endangered wildlife species.
Since 2019, we have been supporting the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center in the outskirts of Hartbeespoort, South Africa, in providing a safe haven for cheetahs and other endangered species. The center, a non-profit organization, cares for animals that have been illegally kept and confiscated or for those living in the wild, when injured and in need of recovery. There, they receive food, medical care and beyond – all in conditions that mimic their natural environment.
Being at the forefront of fighting for the survival of cheetah, the center works to breed them, and aims to set them free whenever possible. Its successful program has been even allowing South Africa to support other countries in restoring their vanishing cheetah populations.
“African wild dogs and other endangered wildlife species also benefit from our donation. Being leaders in prevention, we are aware that responsible parasite control is a fundamental part of successful breeding. So, we are proud to support with our expertise and portfolio,” shares Tiago Teixeira, General Director Central America and The Caribbean, who supported the partnership in its early stages.
Our donations help keep more than 120 animals free from external parasites like fleas and ticks - all under the supervision of local regulations and veterinarians, ultimately preserving the overall ecosystem of wild animals in South Africa and beyond. For Kubilay Desteguloglu, Regional Business Manager for India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (IMETA), this partnership highlights our commitment to make a positive, lasting impact on humans, animals, the planet and the environment - for generations to come.
“At IMETA, we will continue supporting the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center along with others across Africa with the aim of improving animal health, be the animals at home, on the farm or in the wild,” he says.
What do cheetahs eat? Feels like helping?
- They receive no governmental funds and depend on donations to keep their work.
- Through an adoption program, with a small yearly contribution, people can support an animal.
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