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Gender: Female

Birth Year: Estimated 2017

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

My Story

Moya was found in 2019 near a farm in Botswana. Farmers tend to put out snares for predators who hunt their livestock and because cheetahs have a poor sense of smell, they have to hunt a fresh meal every time which takes a toll on the farmers income.

Moya was found trapped in a snare and rescued by people who then brought her to us. We devoted ourselves to help Moya in regaining functionality in her lower left leg where the snare tore her tendons and ligaments. The wound healed but her tendons remained severed causing the paw to buckle under her weight. That didn’t stop Moya from walking and even sprinting. Most of Moya's pain faded and she is now a strong cheetah with a healthy appetite. We still wanted to do more for her and started consulting specialists about her situation.

Moya’s story is far from over. We have been fortunate enough to find sponsors in various specialties to assist in this process by making a three-dimensional printed cast to stabilize her leg after she receives surgery. Moya taught us that we can achieve more as a community when we work together.


Mabalingwe Game Reserve, R516 Thabazimbi Road, Bela- Bela, Limpopo


014 736 9000
014 001 7010


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