Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:43

Malawi sees 20-year cheetah rehab milestone

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Malawi is ecstatic to welcome two furry newborn cheetah cubs to the Liwonde National Park, a milestone for the country's dwindling population.

A wildlife landmark for Malawi 

Africa parks released a post on Instagram introducing the world to the first sighting of the cubs born in Malawi in over 20 years. The cubs were born to one of the four cheetahs that were relocated to the park earlier in 2017 and it has been reported by Liwonde that there are two cubs.

The cubs were befitting of their birthday as they were born on Mother’s Day in Malawi on 15 October. The Liwonde National Park has not seen a cheetah birth in over 100 years and marks it as a turning point for the species population in Malawi and the world.

Not only are these little cubs cute but they are also a movement forward for the cheetah in Africa. 

Southern Africa has seen a dramatic loss in Cheetah numbers according to Cheetah Outreach and rehabilitation facilities are a key role player in the efforts to grow the population.

According to Africa Parks, the cause behind the decline in the predator population in the Malawi has been due to loss of habitat, human and wildlife conflict and poaching. Cheetah Outreach has recorded a mere 7 100 cheetahs left in the African wild and 4 190 in Southern Africa. The species is endangered and decreasing in numbers. The reintroduction of the predator species in Malawi has a positive impact on creating a functioning and balance ecosystem to thrive 

Bearing to the news of the cheetah cubs being born in Liwonde, there is hope that repopulation through rehabilitation facilities will positively impact the number of cheetahs in the world.

Source: Traveller24

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