Escaped cheetah makes her own way back to reserve in Pretoria

10 May 2021 - 07:07 By TimesLIVE
Njozi was photographed on Sunday morning in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Pretoria. Stock photo.
Njozi was photographed on Sunday morning in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Pretoria. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Duncan Noakes

Njozi, the female cheetah which escaped from the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Pretoria last Tuesday, has found her way back.

Tshwane mayoral committee member for environmental affairs Dana Wannenburg said Njozi was photographed on Sunday morning, in the reserve trying to catch a blesbok.

“It seems she came back into the reserve. We thank everyone who assisted with the search for the cheetah during the week,” Wannenburg said.

City spokesperson Selby Bokaba earlier said it was not clear how the animal escaped, but she may have used a hole under a fence dug by smaller animals. 

“The fence is electrified and in the past cheetahs never managed to exit the nature reserve. The perimeter is patrolled daily and repairs are done regularly to prevent incidents like this,” he said.

The cheetah was introduced as part of a conservation project to enhance cheetah numbers countrywide.

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