Darwin came to CCF in April 2007 with five other cubs of the same age from a farm in Gobabis, close to the Botswana border. They were in a 4 x 8 meter cage, with no sun and a concrete floor. They had been separated from an adult female –the farm owner said this was their mother. All the cubs had severe calcium deficiency and several had minor rickets and minor cataracts because of malnutrition. Although the cubs were about a year old, they appeared to be only 8 months because of their poor health. All of them got a lot better with a proper diet and lots of space to run around.

Darwin along with his coalition mates – males Livingstone, Mendel and Fossey, and females Kayla and Kiana – were trapped after they had been seen hunting Blesbok and Springbok. Whether the cubs and the adult female were related is unclear but they were closely bonded to each other. Upon arriving at CCF it was decided to name the males after famous scientists and researchers and they are collectively known as the ‘Scientists’.

We separated the Scientists from the two females because they were old enough to breed. Darwin is very easy to identify due to the very large white tip at the end of his tail. Also his ear tag is in the wrong ear –males are usually tagged in the right ear but his is in the left.

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