Two years after cheetah were reintroduced to Malawi, in Liwonde National Park, four individuals were safely translocated from South Africa to Majete Wildlife Reserve to form a crucial founder population and help grow the range of the vulnerable big cat.
Cheetah were entirely absent from Malawi for 20 years before a successful reintroduction returned them to Liwonde National Park in 2017. The translocation of four cheetahs on Thursday, July 25th 2019 resulted from a collaboration between African Parks, which manages Majete and Liwonde in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). Their introduction into the secure reserve supports conservation efforts to ensure the survival of cheetah on the continent, and marks another milestone in the restoration of Malawi’s predator population.
Donated by Welgevonden, Samara and Dinokeng Game Reserves and Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa, the cheetah were flown to Lilongwe and transferred by road to Majete where they arrived safely on the evening of Thursday, July 25th. They were released into enclosures, where they will spend over a month acclimating to their new surroundings before venturing into the wider reserve. The animals are in good health and expected to do well in Majete, where habitat and prey conditions are optimal and measures are in place to ensure their ongoing conservation and protection.