Meet The Blonde Swedish Conservationist Who Cares For Cheetahs In South Africa

This is the moment a pretty Swedish conservationist frolics with a group of cheetahs she cares for at a South African rescue centre.

Lisa, who has lived in South Africa for over 10 years, works at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) that “rescues and rehabilitates cheetahs in the country”.

Lisa, who originally comes from Sweden, told Newsflash: “So far, seven cheetahs have been successfully reintroduced into natural areas. Cape Cheetah has rescued over 18 cheetahs from different bad situations, some caused by human hand.”

A photo of Lisa in Cederberg, South Africa. (@lisatorajaqueline/Newsflash)

She added: “I have worked with around 40 different cheetahs in total throughout my career.

“Cheetahs are the fastest land-living mammal, reaching speeds up to 120km/hour. They are built for speed in every way with non-retractable claws for good grip, huge nostrils to inhale a lot of oxygen while running, aerodynamic body structure, light bones, small head and tail as a rudder for balance. ”

Lisa said: “I am not afraid of them, I see the cheetahs as my friends. We have respect and trust for each other and I do not push for them to be with me, but rather wait for them to come to me.

A photo of Lisa and a cheeta in South Africa. (@lisatorajaqueline/Newsflash)

“I respect them as a species but also as individuals, and they can feel that and therefore respect me back.”

Several videos show her lifestyle in the country including images of the big cats showing at times just how rough and dangerous they can be, but she is confident that with her respectful attitude she will not get into difficulties.

In one video of many posted online about her work, she can be seen training them to run after an object being dragged at high speed down the road attached to a line, with the powerful cats quickly catching it and claiming the prize.

A photo of Lisa and a cheeta in South Africa. (@lisatorajaqueline/Newsflash)

Lisa told Newsflash: “We have 14 cheetahs in total, and we don’t have any that are young right now. All the cheetahs seen in the images have grown up and live in the cheetah reserve.”

“My focus work is rehabilitating and releasing cheetahs in South Africa. I have loved animals as long as I remember and I truly enjoy working with them.”

She uses her online images to promote her work and also do fundraising saying: “I decided to create a Patreon to have an outlet where everyone can support my ongoing work directly in an easy way.

A photo of Lisa with a dog in Cape Winelands, South Africa. (@lisatorajaqueline/Newsflash)

“This allowed me to dedicate my time to create content and film and produce information about my work.”

She said at the end of the day it was about what could be done for the environment saying: “It is my passion to try to help each individual animal, and work towards saving endangered species.”


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