Update on Toki the Cheetah

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1 December 2009
November 30, 2009

TokiWorldwide fans of Toki, our resident “celebrity” cheetah, will be happy to learn that Toki continues to do very well in his 4,000 acre private enclosure within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Regular visits by our predator monitoring team have been finding a progressively “wilder” Toki, behaving like a typical wild cheetah, avoiding any human interaction and becoming increasingly difficult to monitor. This is great news to us as allowing Toki to lead as close to natural a life as possible was one of the objectives behind bringing him to Ol Pejeta

Toki’s life has been marred with a series of unfortunate events, starting with the loss of his mother to a lion attack when he and his brother Sambu were just four weeks old.  As orphans they were then taken to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where wildlife film-maker Simon King took care of them. When they were two years old, another lion attack left Sambu dead and Toki was left alone to fend for himself without his brother’s companionship. Some time later, he was brutally attacked by a coalition of three adult male cheetahs, at which point a decision was made to move him to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Credited as the fastest land animals, cheetahs are sadly listed in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) list of vulnerable species. Among the factors contributing to this status are a high mortality rate of their cubs, and predation by competing predators such as lions and hyenas.

Perceived as an ambassador for cheetah conservation, Toki has won the hearts of many conservation enthusiasts and wildlife lovers the world over.

If you would like to support our efforts to keep Toki safe and healthy, please consider making a donation to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy by visiting http://awf.org/section/engaging_you/ol_pejeta/ and by supporting our conservation programmes. Every dollar counts and every donation is important to us.

  To read more about Toki click here.

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