Cheetah Statement from Port Lympne Reserve
Port Lympne Reserve can confirm that a male cheetah named Kitwana was out of his enclosure on Sunday 12th March, for approximately 25 minutes before being encouraged back into its enclosure with food.
During this time, the park ran a full procedure and visitors were ushered to safe areas as is standard practice. Adrian Harland, Animal Director said: 'The cheetah was calm and pacing the enclosure fence looking to get back in. Some food was thrown into the enclosure and the cheetah walked back in to get it. No vet intervention was needed. The full escape procedure was run because the safari lorries travel past the enclosure. This particular cheetah was no real threat to our guests. He only climbed out to get back with his mother after having been separated to stop him eating all her dinner. We have secured the enclosures perimeter fencing to ensure that the cheetah cannot climb out again. '