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De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, Hartebeespoort, North-West Province.

Breeding rare and endangered wildlife species, including wild dog, brown hyena (hyaena), vultures, etc. In 1975, after intensive study, the Centre achieved an international breakthrough with the breeding of cheetah in captivity. De Wildt has shared its knowledge and experience with other similar organisations, whose breeding programmes have improved dramatically and cheetah were removed from the endangered species list in 1986. The breeding season is between December and April.

The wild dog or Cape hunting dog is Southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore.  Contrary to their reputation as bloodthirsty killers, these animals have an advanced social system in which the pack cares for each other. Over 200 pups have been born at the centre, some of which have been reintroduced into Hluhluwe and Madikwe Game Reserves.

The Centre has bred and donated a breeding nucleus of the endangered riverine rabbit to the Karoo National Park, and suni antelope to the Kruger National Park.

Restricted to southern Africa, the Cape vulture is one of the most threatened birds of the region.  In conjunction with the Vulture Study Group, the Centre is host to Cape, lappet-faced, white-backed and the only two pairs of Egyptian vultures in South Africa. A vulture restaurant operates at De Wildt, where free-flying vultures from the Magaliesberg come to feed. The sight of these huge birds gliding down to the restaurant is worth seeing.

Other ongoing breeding programmes include red and grey duiker, nyala, serval, African civet, owls, and blue and crested cranes. The rare and secretive brown hyena(hyaena) also breed at the centre. Guided tours in an open vehicle are conducted on a regular basis, by appointment only.  This close encounter with wildlife in natural surroundings is an unforgettable experience.

De Wildt is on the R513 west of Pretoria and close to Hartebeespoort Dam. Travel northwest on the R511 from Fourways. Turn right at the Total Garage (Hannes Grobler Motors), just before entering Hartebeespoort, and left where the R511 joins the R514. Immediately after crossing over Silkaatsnek, with Brits in the distance, turn east onto the R513. De Wildt is on the right after several kilometres. ALDewildt

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