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Metapopulation reserves

In July 2014, free ranging Cheetah were present in 48 small fenced reserves in South Africa. These reserves occupy 0.77% of South Africa’s land surface area and constitute approximately 9% of the habitat currently occupied by Cheetah in the country. They are located in five management clusters and range in size from 2 000 hectares to 105 000 hectares. Kalahari cluster reserves are on average considerably larger than reserves in other clusters whilst Lowveld reserves are on average significantly smaller reflecting the differences in carrying capacity of the different regions (Table 1.).

Table 1. Number of reserves in each Metapopulation cluster and their dimensions (July 2014).

Table 2. Metapopulation clusters and their respective reserves (July 2014).