Scat Cleaning Day

Here I am day 2 of Cheetah work. Unfortunately, I have no photos to update with. They are all on my camera. I left my laptop at home and I won’t have access to the photos until later in July.

Today I cleaned the center cheetah pens with a rake. It was very zen-llike. I had to pick up some cheetah scat, which did not smell very good. I also went on a cheetah scat hunt with a dog that is trained to sniff out cheetah scat. All I did was run after the dog, panting and out of breath. It was very tiring. We ended up finding no scat in the wild.

I spent the afternoon doing some office work to help the CCF office keep track of their animals.

I ended my day by going on a game count – this means that I get to ride in a safari jeep and go out to one of CCF’s land (called the field) and count all the animals that are there. We found onyx, springbok, fowl , wort hogs, kolhraans, and wild giraffes! I was in charge of writing down every single animal we saw. It was a lot!

The best part of today was that I got to go into the pen when the handlers fed the cheetah cubs. I got to sit down in front of the cheetahs when they ate out of their bowls. One even snarled at me when I first walked in. Their names are Rainbow and Aurora. They did not really mind us sitting down and staring at them when they ate.

That’s all for today! Tomorrow I get to go clean goat scat, do more office work, and feed cheetahs in the afternoon.

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