Dune, our adopted cheetah

Discover the World are proud sponsors of Dune, a female cheetah currently being rehabilitated at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre.

A highlight of any visit to Namibia, the AfriCat Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in the early 1990s, based in the heart of the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Their goal is the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. AfriCat has saved more than 1000 predators since its inception and over 80 percent of them have been released back into the wild. AfriCat is most well known for cheetahs, but also works with leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs.

During a day visit you can learn more about the excellent work they do and view some of the animals in the large enclosures of the Carnivore Care Centre. You may even have the opportunity to meet Dune! For those with more time we highly recommend staying at Okonjima Plains Camp or Okonjima Bush Camp, from where you can join a game drive in search of the newly released cheetahs and leopards that roam the 20,000 hectare Okonjima Nature Reserve.

Dune was discovered with her brother in May 2015 near Dune 7 (hence her name), near Walvis Bay. She was only 4-5 months old at the time and both her and her brother were severely dehydrated and in a bad way. Sadly her brother died not long after they were found, but Dune was taken to AfriCat where she made friends with another cheetah named Nyx. In June 2015 Nyx died due to complications resulting from a pelvis fracture, and poor Dune had to suffer the third loss in her short life.

Things are now looking up for Dune, her body condition has improved and she has a good appetite. She has recently been introduced to two other orphaned cubs in the hope that they will all be released together, maximising their chances of survival in the wild.

The AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain their various programmes. If you would like to support AfriCat yourself, either by donating or by adopting an animal, click here

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My favourite memory from my trip to Namibia was watching the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei. Climbing 170m of sand was pretty hard going on the legs but it was totally worth it to see the sun emerge from the horizon across the vast orange landscape.
Louise Wilson
Travel Specialist - Operations

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