Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Rescued Cheetahs

Cheetahs in particular appear to be regularly trafficked out of Ethiopia. Although Ensessakotteh now provides a safe haven for a small minority of these cheetahs, both the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) and BFFE know that it is vital to address the source of this trade.

BFFE will assist via capacity building with EWCA as well as raising awareness through education programmes at Ensessakotteh and the feasibility of a cheetah rehabilitation and release programme within Ethiopia is currently being explored.

The Somali Cheetahs

Somali cheetahs
The Somali cheetahs

Small and clearly malnourished, five cheetah cubs were confiscated from wild animal traffickers in Somaliland. The little cheetahs were placed in the care of German Agro Action, an NGO working in Somaliland, unfortunately one did not make it but after three months of care the remaining four were doing well and looking for a more prominent home.

Local power brokers in Somaliland, knowing the value of the cheetahs, wanted to keep them to sell. With amazing bravery, Güenther and Janice from Agro Action negotiated their way out, and began the dash for the Ethiopian border and on to Ensessakotteh. The four cheetahs now reside safely at Ensessakotteh and continue to thrive in a spacious enclosure.

You can read their full story here.

Timkat Cheetahs

Four live cheetah cubs were found (and sadly one that had passed away) when officials from the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority became suspicious of noises coming from plastic containers allegedly destined for Somaliland. The four tiny cubs, estimated to be approximately seven weeks old, were confiscated. Sadly another cub later died but the remaining three, Timkat, Dembel and Arapea are growing into feisty and strong cheetahs at Ensessakotteh.

Please make a donation and help care for them.


Sheeba -

In 2006, a young orphaned cheetah cub confiscated from an animal trader was being looked after by an American veterinarian and his wife. With very lame back legs in addition to having been hand-raised, the cub would never be released back into the wild.   Sheba (meaning “lame” in Amharic) as he was called, was therefore kept in an enclosure in Omo National Park where he spent a year and a half before Born Free was asked to look after him.

Sheba remained at Ensessakotteh in a spacious, naturalistic enclosure until he passed away in 2016

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