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Management goals and objectives

1. State the main objectives of the property.
2. State the management objectives of the property in terms of the following:

  • Habitat: Describe in detail how various habitats on the farm are to be managed to ensure good veld condition, how habitat degradation will be prevented and how degraded habitats will be rehabilitated.
  • Carrying capacity: Indicate the upper and lower limits of carrying capacity within which prey species will be managed.
  • Feeding scheme in case of a natural food supply shortage (severe drought conditions, veld fire, etc.)
  • Fire management plan.
  • Water provision.
  • Monitoring: Describe in detail how veld condition, prey, Lion and Cheetah numbers will be monitored.

3. The main reasons for the introduction of Cheetah onto the property.
4. Should permission be granted for the introduction of Cheetah, describe:

  • how surplus Cheetah will be disposed of.
  • the cheetah breakout policy for the reserve, including insurance policies that will be acquired to cover damages resulting from breakouts.
  • long term plans for the Cheetah population. This should include the desired number of Cheetah that will be held on the reserve and the preferred demographic makeup.
  • the reserve management policy that will be implemented should the reintroduced Cheetah begin to prey on:
    i. more financially valuable prey species such as Nyala or Eland.
    ii. rare and threatened prey species such as Oribi.

It is important for reserve managers to know that Cheetah numbers can increase quickly to unsustainable levels. An adult population of one male and two females can increase to up to 13 Cheetah in the space of just a few weeks. Subadult Cheetah should not be relocated until they reach independance which is normally occurs around 18 months of age (but varies between 14 and 21 months).The impact of three adult cheetah and 10 subadult cheetah on a small reserves prey base is considerable. Reserves need to be prepared to hold large litters of cubs for up to two years and this needs to be accounted for in the predator management plan.