Meet the Cheetah's

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Tonya, Andrew, Michelle and Myself with 2 of the Cheetah's

This morning Andrew, Michelle, and Myself set off on a one and a half hour drive to Monarto.  Monarto is not far from Murray Bridge and was at one time going to be developed as a "satellite city" to Adelaide. Change of government and that changed too.

Now the area is used for wildlife. "Monarto Zoo" has many types of animals on an open range area.

We were going for a special treat today. We were going to get up close to 3 male Cheetah's.  When we arrived at the visitors centre we checked in to meet the Cheetah's.  We were taken to the enclosure area and we were given a brief rundown on the Cheetah's and what our experience would be.

Meerkat having breakfast
  We then had to have an antiseptic wash on our hands and had to step into an antibacterial wash before going through the first gate.  Once we had done that we were given more information while the keepers watched the Cheetah's to see what mood they were in.

We were given the okay to go through the next gate and right into their enclosure. Wow! what a feeling.  The keeper was rubbing the Cheetah's while giving us more information and because they were being cooperative, we all got to stroke the Cheetah's. It didn't take long before the Cheetah's were wanting to do other things so we got what ever photo's we could. 

We were still able to get lots of photos of the Cheetah's though as we were in the enclosure for nearly an hour.  The  keeper checked the ears and paws etc of 1 of the Cheetah's and then it was time to feed them.  A kangaroo rib was dangled for them, two of them got a piece each and the other one missed out. The keeper did give him a few small chunks of roo though.

Finally it was time to go back to the visitor centre.  We decided to have brunch!  Then we went on a "grasslands" tour for 25 minutes and then an "African Safari" tour that was an hour.

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Tonya, Andrew, Michelle and Myself…
Tonya, Andrew, Michelle and Mysel…
Meerkat having breakfast
Meerkat having breakfast
A Bilby sitting under a heat lamp
A Bilby sitting under a heat lamp
Tonya with the three brothers
Tonya with the three brothers
Michelle and the boys
Michelle and the boys
Myself with 2 of the boys
Myself with 2 of the boys
Andrew with 2 of the boys
Andrew with 2 of the boys
Getting the Cheetah to lay down
Getting the Cheetah to lay down
Checking for a pulse!
Checking for a pulse!
Non retractable claws!
Non retractable claws!
The dew claw
The dew claw
Just checking out the Dew claw
Just checking out the Dew claw
Isnt he cute!
Isn't he cute!
Yummmm. Kangaroo carcass!
Yummmm. Kangaroo carcass!
Setting up the food
Setting up the food
This one missed out!
This one missed out!
Luckily the keeper had some bits o…
Luckily the keeper had some bits …
Enjoying the carcass
Enjoying the carcass
Hello Kitty had her photo taken wi…
Hello Kitty had her photo taken w…
Mongolian horses
Mongolian horses
More of the Zebra than I needed to…
More of the Zebra than I needed t…
There was more in this photo than …
There was more in this photo than…
Emu (Dad and his babies)
Emu (Dad and his babies)
Painted dogs
Painted dogs
Tonya and Michelle
Tonya and Michelle
The Lionesses
The Lionesses
The lions were under the trees
The lions were under the trees
Monarto
photo by: shirlan