Instantly recognisable by its distinctive spotted coat and black tear marks from eye to whisker, the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world – capable of bursting into action to catch prey at speeds of up to 75mph. Cheetah’s bodies are designed to hunt fast-moving prey, with a flexible spine, enlarged heart and increased lung capacity for greater oxygen intake.
Sadly, wild cheetahs are at risk and listed as Vulnerable according to the IUCN’s Red List due to habitat loss, poaching, the illegal wildlife pet trade, and conflict with humans.
These wide-ranging animals now exist in fragmented groups across Africa reduced to only 9% of their original range. Vulnerable to human activity, they need protection to secure their long-term survival.
Help care for cheetahs in need with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
As cheetahs’ natural habitats are reduced, the instances of human-wildlife conflict increase, leading to retribution killings.
The exotic pet trade poses a significant threat to this species, with cubs taken from the wild to supply demand across the world, consigning them to a life of misery in captive environments.
Poachers are supported by criminal networks who work without fear of conviction due to corruption and low level penalties. Cheetahs’ distinctive markings make them popular choices for captive collections in zoos and circuses, a practice which dates back to Roman times.
Funds from your adoption will support the lifetime care for rescued cheetahs at our Ensessa Kotteh sanctuary in Ethiopia which provides protection for orphaned cheetahs and other wild animals in need.
Wherever possible, animals are assessed to see whether they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
You can help ensure their future by adopting the Cheetah Family below.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Care for the Cheetah Family
Support our sanctuary in Ethiopia which provides wild animal protection
Support other rescued cheetahs
Continue to fund work to mitigate the illegal wildlife trade in cheetahs as exotic pets
This family of cats were each rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Confiscated in Somaliland, the cheetahs were being sold as exotic pets.
They now all live at our Ensessa Kotteh Rescue & Education Centre in Ethiopia and one day we hope it will be possible to return them to the wild.
Help us provide the care they need.
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We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.