Many of you will remember that Hoedspruit Endangered Species introduced the Lure Machine, which was invented at the Centre, a while ago. Over the weekend they decided to take Tiaan, one of the male cheetah, for a run using this clever piece of equipment.

Since Tiaan is unable to get the kind of exercise he’d get in the wild – short bursts of intense speed when hunting, the lure maching is used to encourage the kind of exercise he needs, keeping him and other cheetahs both fit and healthy.

It has been successfully used to exercise, amongst others, cheetahs, wild dogs and racing dogs.

Follow this series of photos as Tiaan sizes up his “prey”, launches into action, captures it…and won’t let go! He held on with great determination for at least ten minutes! Unfortunately we missed the shot of Tiaan in full sprint – he was just too quick for us!

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