Other animals

In addition to the cheetahs, the Dell Cheetah Centre also houses other residents which have been brought to us by locals or have been found in need of help.

Bells

Serval

  • Scientific name: Leptailurus serval
  • Afrikaans name: Tierboskat
  • Gender: Male
  • Joined the DCC in 2011

Bells was rescued from a pack of farm dogs when he was a juvenile. He is semi-tamed and loves playing with humans as long as no one tries to touch him.

Tigger

Serval

  • Scientific name: Leptailurus serval
  • Afrikaans name: Tierboskat
  • Gender: Male
  • Joined the DCC in 2011

Tigger was found by road workers in a trench when he was about 1 month old and was brought to the centre where Estelle hand-reared him. He is very friendly with people and his mischievous personality entertains our visitors.

Pablo

Caracal

  • Scientific name: Caracal caracal
  • Afrikaans name: Rooikat
  • Gender: Male
  • Joined the DCC in 2011

Pablo is the only survivor of a litter found in the veld and was hand-reared by some locals. He was brought to the centre when he started displaying a wild behaviour. Pablo is very talkative and loves chatting with humans or being read to!

 

Thunder and Fury

Hybrid of domestic cat and African wildcat

  • Scientific name: Felis silvestris catus * Felis silvestris lybica
  • Afrikaans name: Huiskat * Vaalboskat
  • Gender: Male
  • Joined the DCC in 2010

Our two house cats rule Vaal Rock and sleep on the Volunteers' beds! Now and then they will bring you presents in the middle of the night and eat them under your bed...

Tweety

Lilac-Breasted Roller

  • Scientific name: Coracias caudatus
  • Afrikaans name: Gewone troupant
  • Gender: Male
  • Joined the DCC in January 2015

Estelle found Tweety on the roadside. He was probably hit by a car and had a broken wing. He recovered from the shock but he cannot be released into the wild as he will never be able to fly again. 

 

Layla

Small-Spotted Genet

  • Scientific name: Genetta Genetta
  • Afrikaans name: Kleinkolmuskejaatkat
  • Gender: Female
  • Joined the DCC in 2016

Layla was bought to the DCC only a few weeks old.