We went on the 21st September. What a fantastic day we had at cheetahs rock! We booked the whole experience which involved getting to interact and feed the otters in the morning (highly recommend), the otter we interacted with was adorable. We were sorry to hear of the injured Otter, and hope they have made a good recovery. We also had the amazing opportunity to brush a cheetah, and to run with the lion, which was so sweet. It was incredible getting that personal experience. A big thanks to Mario, who made the morning so special.
In the afternoon we were on a tour with a group of people and got to interact with the other animals. The staff were very friendly and welcoming to us.
They were all extremely knowledgeable. It’s plain to see that the animals are well looked after and cared for by all staff. We got to meet Jenny and she explained some of the history of the animals and their journeys into the centre. Some coming from places which were essentially going to put the animals to sleep as they weren’t needed. We were also sad to hear that there were struggles financially during covid, due to the public not being able to travel to Zanzibar. This is an expensive experience, yes, however rescue centres like this are so important for the welfare of animals and continued conservation, we were happy to spend our money to go towards a good cause.
Would also like to say that the guides were extremely clear in their instructions regarding safety around the animals (I.e do not touch the monkeys while they are eating) unfortunately we witnessed people who ignored this advice and ended up getting a little bite on the hand. Please listen to the staff! Some people unfortunately seemed to be complaining on our tour about the cages that the animals are in, comparing it to a zoo. The staff explained that the animals are only in there to show us on the tour and do not remain In there permanently, which we thought was fairly obvious considering the large size of the enclosure directly next to the cages. The suggestion of mistreatment is just ignorance that was not shared by 99% of the guests. I do not understand the negative reviews, as it’s clear Jenny is doing her best to support animals.
As said above, I definitely recommend going the whole day, and getting a personal experience in the morning with your group.
Thank you for the great day!