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Release

Cheetah should not be fed for three days prior to release from the boma. A carcass should be tied outside the gate of the boma for the actual release. This will lure the hungry Cheetahs outside of the boma. Once they exit the boma gate should be closed behind them. This will stop the Cheetah from going back into the boma after feeding and prevent other large carnivores from getting into the boma and cornering them.
Generally Cheetah are reluctant to immediately exit the boma area and often only do so when humans are not present. More habituated Cheetah release more easily. Early morning releases are recommended for Cheetah because they are active mainly at dusk and dawn. Releasing them into darkness may disadvantage them. It is important to ensure that no large predators are in the vicinity of the boma during the release.

Post release monitoring

Although post release monitoring is intensive and costly, it is one of the most important aspects of any Cheetah reintroduction. Radio collars should be fitted to all relocated Cheetah. Internal transponders should be avoided.
Both males in a coalition should be collared to ascertain if the coalition is staying together. Should the coalition split or one individual escapes from the reserve then individual animals can still be followed and recaptured. Ideally reserves should appoint a person who is dedicated to tracking reintroduced Cheetah on a daily basis. Two daily observations (early morning and late afternoon) will provide sufficient information on the movement and hunting habits of released Cheetah. This will also ensure that the Cheetah remains habituated following release. It is essential that information relating to prey preference, range use and interaction with other predators (including Cheetah) is documented. Such information will provide important guidelines for future reintroductions into neighbouring reserves. Documentation of the impact of reintroduced Cheetah on prey populations will allow for adaptive management.

Regular monitoring also ensures that Cheetah injured following release can receive the necessary veterinary attention. Cheetah that are severely injured during hunting or skirmishes with other predators should receive the necessary veterinary attention. Where necessary they should be returned to the release boma to facilitate recovery. The hunting success of recently released Cheetah should be closely monitored. If there is no evidence of successful kills and the physical condition of the released Cheetah is visibly deteriorating then supplementary feeding can be introduced. Supplementary feeding should only take 5 to 7 days from the last date of feeding. This will encourage the Cheetah to hunt for themselves.