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  • Petra Vandecasteele

Namibia's Cheetah Laboratory

A few years ago, I had the privilege to encounter a magnificent cheetah in the Namibian bush. She turned around and looked me in the eyes. We stood still for a few minutes and too me, it felt as if I was loosing myself in her eyes, becoming one with the universe. I felt an incredibly deep connection with this cheetah and the land around me. Her gaze was neutral, no good, no bad. Just pure stillness. And I could feel it. Ever since, whenever I meditate or feel stressed, I think of her gaze and the tranquility within. It helps me to focus on being, just being, the way she 'just was'. No past, no future. Just the present moment. Simplicity. Peace.

Photo @ Enya Godard

Have a look at this unique conservation project – The Cheetah Laboratory – in northern Namibia: Cheetah Genome Inside Africa. It has an interesting take on modern day conservation.


According to 'Inside Africa' only just a century ago there were an estimated 100 000 cheetahs roaming across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Today, a mere 1400 cheetahs are still alive in Namibia and only 7100 worldwide. The global Cheetahs population is under threat due to loss of habitat, human conflict, and genetics. But there are great initiatives that work on solutions to restore the population growth of the cheetah. Come and see for yourself!

Photo @ Enya Godard
Photo @ Enya Godard
Photo @ Enya Godard
Photo @ Enya Godard
Photo @ Enya Godard

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