Two Cheetah Cubs Rescued From Illegal Wildlife Trade In Somalia


The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) have partnered to rescue two female cheetah cubs from the illegal wildlife trade in Somaliland, a self-declared state that is internationally recognized as an independent region of Somalia.

As reported by IFWA today, after extensive negotiations, the baby animals were voluntarily surrendered to the local associates of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.

Dhoobi, the first cub who was rescued on July 1 with the assistance of the Horn SPCA, is reported to be healthy, growing quickly and thriving in her new environment.

The second cub, named Veepee or “Vip” followed Dhoobi several days later being  rescued on July 4.


Sadly, Veepee is not doing as well as Dhoobi.  She is in poor condition, mostly due to malnutrition when she was first rescued. She also suffers from Metabolic Bone Disease and is now receiving the nutrients and care her body needs to improve.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the condition that causes abnormalities in the bones but it can be managed with proper nutrition and care.

The successful collaboration is part of both organizations ongoing efforts to protect cheetahs and combat illegal wildlife trade around the world.

The many ways that people can help Cheetah Conservation Fund save these angels can be found Here!

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