The Cheetah Orphans
Interview with Filmmaker Simon King

NATURE goes behind the scenes of The Cheetah Orphans in an interview with filmmaker Simon King.

Why was it so important for you to take a role in these cheetahs’ lives? How rare are cheetahs? How important is it for them to reproduce?

There are fewer than 13,000 cheetahs left in the wild, probably far fewer, though figures for some African countries are hard to tally. Every single one of them counts. Without human help, these cubs would certainly have died, their mother having been killed by a lion in a remote part of Northern Kenya. The cubs were discovered by some Samburu boys, and brought to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. [The cheetahs] were exhausted, dehydrated and emaciated — on the verge of death. They were brought back from the brink by Jane and Ian Craig, who have tremendous experience with raising orphaned creatures. I first heard about [the cheetahs] when they had been with the Craigs for about four weeks and immediately offered my help.

What other options were there for the cheetah orphans besides you taking on their education? Was there any chance a wild cheetah mother could have adopted them?

There was very little chance of a wild cheetah mother adopting the cubs. First of all, one would have to find a wild mother with cubs of precisely the same age. And then, there is little chance such a mother would accept the offspring of another female. She would be very likely to reject and even injure them. The cubs were at death’s door. They could either be saved by human hand, or left to perish.

In the wild, would both parents be involved in raising the litter?

Only the female cheetah raises the young. The father has nothing whatsoever to do with the family. He may, from time to time, come and inspect the female, but this is more to see if she is ready to mate once more than through any fatherly tendencies!

Describe your commitment level once you made the decision to raise the cheetahs. How much time did you spend each day teaching Toki and Sambu?

Had the cubs died in the field, since they had been left alone after their mother had been killed by a lion, one could argue it would have been a natural end to their short lives. The moment human beings became involved in their welfare, I believe we all had a responsibility to try and do the very best for them for as long as was necessary. I shared the job of caring for the cubs with my wife, Marguerite, the Craig family and a few members of the Lewa Wildlife team, most notably Stephen Yiasoi Siapan, a local Masai whose affinity for Toki and Sambu was very special. Between all of us, the cubs had 24-hour care for the first months of their life. As the cheetahs matured, we maintained the 24-hour vigil at first and then kept watch for 14 hours a day (all daylight hours).


Simon filming Toki

Do baby cheetahs normally bond as strongly as Sambu and Toki did?

Cheetah cubs always form a very strong bond. This is particularly important for male cheetahs (Toki and Sambu were both male) since the bond will last through to adulthood. A coalition of male cheetahs has a far greater chance of breeding with females they encounter than do solitary males.

When you and Stephen babysat Toki day and night after Sambu died, he was not only tolerant of your presence but he almost seemed to expect that one of you would sleep beside him at night. Did Toki or Sambu’s acceptance of you and Stephen surprise you? Is it common for human-raised cheetahs to get so attached to their caretakers?

However, the downside of this was that spending time with him undid a lot of work we had put in to try and distance ourselves from the brothers. Just before Sambu died, both Toki and Sambu were living wild lives, hunting entirely for themselves and were very wary of humans they did not know. After Sambu’s death, I felt Toki needed the protection and support of his human guardians once more. Our close contact helped him to survive, but meant that we had to start again with getting him to be fully independent and distrustful of people.

I was not surprised by his acceptance of us; he had known us all his life. It was very touching though. Toki was very distressed after his brother Sambu was killed by a lion. He had come to expect company day and night. Since he was completely used to Stephen and me, it was the least we could do to provide him with company. He was also very vulnerable at this time, frequently calling for his brother. Those calls would attract unwanted company like lions and leopards.

You said you were terrified when you released Toki to the main reserve at Ol Pejeta. What threats would Toki, in particular, be most vulnerable to as a human-raised cheetah?

All cheetahs are vulnerable to attack from other predators. The orphans’ mother had been killed by a lion, and Sambu, too, suffered the same fate. Every day, Toki would run the same risk as any wild cheetah of coming into contact with lions, leopards, hyenas, or a coalition of other male cheetahs, all of which would try to kill him. While within the 90,000 acres of Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy, Toki would not encounter any human that might do him harm. But if he found his way out of the reserve he could come into contact with poachers and herdsmen who would not be so harmless.

With so many threats to cheetahs in the wild, do cheetahs ever die of old age or do they usually suffer a violent, unfortunate death?

I have never seen, nor read an account of a wild cheetah dying of old age, though old age may take the edge off their senses, making them more vulnerable to attack or reducing their ability to hunt efficiently. Statistically, a male cheetah is considered getting very old if he reaches seven or eight years, so tough is their life. In captivity they may live a great deal longer; up to double that figure.

Do you think Toki may have ventured into human territory because of his human upbringing and tolerance of people? Would a wild cheetah likely have done the same?

On the contrary, Toki wandered out of the reserve and into hostile country in the north just because he could! The area he visited does have wild cheetah walking through it, as does the reserve itself. I believe he may have felt compelled to keep walking north because he smelt another male cheetah and recalled the near deadly attack he suffered at the jaws of the male coalition in Lewa. I think he was simply looking for a patch of ground where he could be king, or at least where he would be left well alone by other male cheetahs. The fact that there were human beings in the area was entirely incidental to him. He could have no idea that the people he would encounter there might not be friendly. Nor was he seeking human company, just a place to live.

How have Toki and Sambu changed you?

Working so closely with such charismatic, beautiful big cats is a once in a lifetime experience. Sharing time with Toki and Sambu has given me a deeper understanding of these wonderful creatures than I could ever have gleaned with a lifetime of observations in the wild. Simply being with them when they lost their first milk teeth is one example of the privileged contact and observations we had. Being part of their team has been both humbling and enriching beyond words. It has also been very hard at times to make decisions based on pragmatism, when my emotional self has become so closely linked to their fortunes. Very tough decisions had to be made in the face of huge risks. I sincerely hope that Toki and Sambu would agree that we made the right ones, despite their hardships.

Why was it important that this film broadcast on Nature? What do you hope viewers take away from this Nature program?

It is very exciting to think that Toki and Sambu’s story will reach a new audience through Nature. And not just any audience, but one whose care and commitment to ensuring the natural world has an enduring future on this planet is, I am certain, a life priority. I sincerely hope viewers can share something of the wonder and beauty that our experience raising the cheetah orphans has offered us. I also hope that it increases awareness of some of the difficulties faced in contemporary conservation projects. Kenya is a magnificent country with a host of natural riches. But these riches take careful management if they are to be there in perpetuity. I hope that the story of these cheetahs in some way helps to reflect the bigger conservation issues faced by the wild places on this earth.

Anything else that you would like to convey?

If anyone wishes to offer help for Toki and other wildlife in Kenya, then we have set up a trust in his name. The Toki Trust falls under the umbrella of Tusk Trust, a charity devoted to sustainable conservation projects in Africa. Resources raised by the trust will be spent to ensure Toki’s well-being, maintain a sustainable plan for his future and will contribute to the ongoing development of conservation projects in Kenya, most notably in Lewa and Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancies.

I will continue to post details of how Toki is getting on, on my own website — www.simonkingwildlife.com — on a regular basis.

  • obed rodriguez

    i want it to congratulate you for the great job that you doing with this animals I love animals and is good that there still people that care about the nature keep up the good work and God bless

  • Mary

    Simon, Thank you for the spectacular PBS special about Toki and Cheetas overall. I viewed the story just last night and was completely moved. The Cheeta has always been my favorite of wild cats. Your relationship with Toki is certainly rare and brought me to a different level of understanding this beautiful breed. Thanks again. God bless and best to your future studies. : )
    Cheers.

  • Lacy

    i think cheetahs are a very complex animal they do everything without poachers and they are very well off with out us killing them

  • Aggie

    I Congratulate you simon for doing such a great job with these cheetas i am also a big animal lover i work with domesticated animals though not wild but i still love all wild animals. Good Job Simon Keep up the good work!!!! (and more updates please!!!!!!)

  • Ahtivah

    I just want to say I appreciate your willingness to go out of your way to care for two wild cheetahs who was on there way to death. Truly the society need more people like yourself and Stephen you really has a love for animals. I love cheetahs and since I have watch this video my appreciation for cheetahs and animals in general has grown completely. I just want to say thankyou and has Toki founded him self a mate yet? ok bye

  • FNS

    Thank you so much for sharing this experiece with us. I happened to turn to the channel when this show was on and was moved by your genuine apprecition,care,concern and love for the cheetahs. They are amazing animals; you not only educated us on them as animals but also displayed how the human spirit is one of compassion. Indeed your life has been enriched by the cheetahs because you spent so much time with them! In turn I watched the remainder of the show w/ my 4 yr old son who was just as captivated and we have much appreciation for preserving wildlife. The bond between an animal and a human being is humbling to see even if it is on tv:). I agree with Ahtivah, the world does need more people like you and Stephen—keep up the wonderful work to all of those involved!

  • A. Churchman

    Watched Toki and Sambu’s growing up, [re-run PBS]. Am deeply moved Simon, your love for God’s awesome creatures, as I too,feel. Thank you for sharing their lives with us. Do you plan a filmed follow-up of Toki? God Bless you and your caring staff at Ol Pejeta. A.C.

  • Dolores Stephany

    I enjoy all the work you do with big cats. Thank you
    for all the time you put into the filming of the
    big cats.

  • Jamie

    I didn’t intend to watch “Cheetah Orphans” when it came on (I figured parts of it would be sad!) but was drawn in by these charismatic animals and the love and care shown to by them Simon and also Stephen. Please do consider filming a follow-up special on Toki and the other cheetahs in the preserve.

  • Ginny Jackson

    Born Free by Joy Adamson was the first book I read about raising a cat and returning it to the wild. I remember reading a book about a cheetah that she dealt with (Pippa). Wild cats are lucky to have people like you in their lives!

  • doug nurge

    simon, just wanted to thank you for helping care for earths animals.THANK YOU SIR!

  • Debra Cupelli

    Simon,Iloved watching your story about the cheetahs. I also watch you on Animal Planet about the other big cats.You are a sensitive loving person and I look forward to seeing more updates on Toki and the other big cats.The world needs more people like you. Please thank Stephen for his love and commitment towards Toki. Do you have any other animals? Your wife sounds like a special person too. Thank you so much.

  • JoAnn

    We were in Lewa the day the cheetas were first allowed protected freedom. We were very interested in the cubs and have tried to keep track of Toki. Thank you for the program on Nature and your ongoing concern for Toki.
    Thank you for the job you’re doing, we need more like you and the others who bring the importance of our wildlife to the world.

  • Vytautas

    super foto;)

  • Dini H

    I just saw the wonderful tale of Sambu & Toki last nite at Animal planet channel. I always adore Cheetah and get more fond to them after I saw that movie. How the brother bond to each other, the bold Sambu & Toki in contarary, very discreet. They’re brat behaviour gigling me but my heart sank when at the end of movie Simon King, with tearful eyes, announced the heartbreak news about the unfortunate dead of Sambu. My heart goes for those magnificent & bravery Cheetah. I hope Toki will have longer journey than his brother in that hardship savana. and for Simon King, it’s a great job that you had and working on right now, rising a Cheetah dearly. A job that I wouldn’t dream to.

  • nicolas lesser

    wonderfull story abot toki. I would like to know what is happeningf to toqui now and still be in contact with his life

  • niny

    heyy yu pple 12/4/08 ever mr.chicano n niny

  • lian koolen

    geweldig simon,hoe je met toki en sambu omgaat .ik hoop dat toki langer leeft dan zn broer.ik moest zo huilen toen sambu dood was.een dierenliefhebber.

  • Kimberly

    what a fantastic story. I hate watching animal programs because they are often so sad, and it makes me more frustrated about how self-absorbed we humans can be. This gave back some of my faith in people. There are those out there who do for innocent beings! Yay, Simon and Stephen and others!

  • Chris S

    Simon, we loved your show. Please set up a Twitter or Myspace, Facebook, whatever, so we can follow Toki’s life.

  • LINDA FAN

    I was in tear all the time while watcihng TOKI. I love him so so much, how is he right now??? xxx

  • Blast

    Great Job, Simon. I love cheetahs. I think they are the most beautiful of all big cats. I love nature to the extreme, a Big Cats Diary junkie. You guys keep up the good job of trying to save the planet! Yours is a dream job, dude.

  • Nancy Wight

    Thank you very much for a magnificent program. I was on the edge of my couch watching these beautiful creatures and so grateful for your most caring work.

    Nancy Wight
    New York City

  • Ines

    This is one of the best documentaries about the shifts in wildlife conservation as more land becomes agricultural, suburban, and urban. It reminds me of the panther conservation programs in California (near suburbs), India (near cities and villages), and to a lesser extent, in Florida. We really don’t have much choice than to take a proactive approach and learn how to improve species protection without diminishing quality of life or genetic diversity and heartiness.

  • miriam

    Toki’s and Sambu’s amazing lifestory really shows just how animals in general need the support of humans. These beautiful cubs would surely not have survived on their own. What a tragedy for their beautiful mother and Sambu himself. I hope all people that hear about Simon’s work with these cubs is inspired to help animals in their area and consider wildlife as well as a true gift. Thank you Simon for your wonderful work with your loyal support from Stephen. Please do not stop helping Toki.

  • Ruth Castaneda

    Apesar que no entiendo 100% Ingles, le entendi TODO. Por medio de su programa tan interesante de TOQUI, que enrealidad no nada mas aprendi de la vida de Cheetahs sino tambien de culturas diferentes.Para mi es imposible yeguar a esos lugares que es unos de mis suenos, sin embargo con su programa me hizo viajar por un momento hacia a los lugares de los hechos. Que Dios lo bendiga y cuide por su GRAND trabajo y AMOR hacia a estos animales. GOD BLESSS YOU!

  • Linda

    I understand your wonderful affection for Toki.

  • Sara

    Simon, Thank you so much for the work you did for the cheetah cubs you and your co-workers rescued. I just watched the TV show Nature that talked about cheetahs. I was so touched over Sambu’s death and Toki’s life changes I cried often and was elated other times. Although I cannot afford to give money, I gladly donate any time I can to help rehabilitate wild animals here in California, USA where I live. If I ever have a chance, I’d gladly work with a cheetah. For now, I live with my three rescued animals, all victims of human abuse. I hope there are more and more people who care about the cheetahs and all wildlife as time goes on.

  • Virginia Brown

    Simon, I’m a regular watcher of Big Cat Diary, so I recognized you instantly when I turned on this program. You showed another side tonight, very touching. Thanks for sharing.
    PS I never heard of rabies affecting cheetahs. You were smart to recognize it so quickly.

  • Mary

    I am surprised. There are so many ways to appreciate life. These cubs could have died but your support taught them that life is possible even when you lose someone so close. These cubs, when lost their mother, were gonna die. You raised them, took care of them and they survived. Now when Toki lost his brother he still had a reason to live. He lived for you, and he knew that he was not alone. He had seen him and his brother growing when you came into their lives. The way I understand it is that Toki learned to live.
    Life is amazing. How simple things can make it is so much better.

  • Jen

    I was very moved by the film, which I only saw last night for the first time. I must ask: how is Toki these days?
    Thank you for your wonderful work.

  • Jacqueline Marie

    Every time the programs airs I watch it with my 12 and 9 year olds. Very inspiring!!!! I cried and feel your joy with those two cubs. And really felt the pain when Toki kept calling Samu. Thank you for sharing,
    Jackie

  • Ingrid Deharo

    Simon,thank you so much for what you did for the Cheetah cubs. I loved watching the movie, I cried with you when
    Toki lost his brother. I so would like an update on Toki ,to know he is well. God bless you for all your work with these and other animals.

  • Janet Wohlers

    I just watched the story of Toki and loved following it. I also read all the comments above praising the story put together by filmmaker Simon King. Many of those writing also asked for an update on Toki’s fate.

    I came to this site so that I could discover just that. In fact, there was a posted message on the program that I just watched on PBS this Friday evening, July 2, 2010. It directed the viewers to go to pbs.org to get an update on Toki.

    I did just that and only came across this interview with Simon King. There is no further update on Toki. Please tell me where I can go to see what the program has advertised: the fate of Toki today. Or has the last chapter been written with no sequel to follow? This is fine but, please, say as much. Thank you.

  • Barbara Pollack

    Simon,

    I am a big fan of yours. I watch “Big Cat Diary”–I don’t miss it. Your story on the two brothers was a wonderful piece. I hope your boy makes it. Thanks for all the hard work you put into to teaching us about the wild life in Africa. It is a wonderful place.

  • Sandra Deslandes

    i am also a big fan of big cat diary i never miss it i think you were sent from god to do this wonderful work and that you do keep it up they need you .your story on the 2 brothers was wonderful we all enjoyed it . thank you Simon

  • Anand

    I watched the cheetah program on pbs channel (2 brothers) and was one of the greatest and touching programs I watched after long time.

    Myself and my family members were moved with the whole story..!!!. Keep up the great work and best of luck with your next projects.

  • Lien Tran

    I ‘m so glad not to miss watching this video of these two cheetahs’ story. I really appreciate your devotion as well as your team’s effort for giving us, the viewers, one of the most touching stories from wild animal’s world, which might in some ways make us change our attitude with a bit more humane towards them. Undoubtedly, animal has feeling as well. Life is always a nonstop tough fight for everyone, and is not exceptional for animal’s either. One scene of the film that I loved the best (the one as you found him after receiving signal from his collar) when Toki was instinctively aproaching to you for receiving your familiar loving touch. To me, that trully reveals the authentic side of all of living creatures in our planet, no matter human being or animal, the side of vunerability we all encounter throughout our life. And no one can really live alone unless one has to.
    Thanks again, I cannot wait to see the possible follow-up video about Toki’s in his current life.

  • Marisa Katnic’

    Simon, your film and story has touched my heart and many others. The story of Toki and Sambu with your help and dedication enlightens many. The cheetah, as you know, has the hardship of continuing to survive as an endangered species. You’ve certainly made a difference to us all. Marisa.

  • Kati Rose

    Simon,I am like your biggest fan I absoulutly LOVE cheetahs!!! My favorite animal is the cheetah.And when you made `Cheetah Orphans` you realize sometimes it can be hard out there,not for just cheetah cubs,but for all cheetahs to survive.I know a lot about cheetahs,and I know it`s hard. P.S.-
    I want to be you and work with cheetahs!!!! It`s been my life long Dream!!!

  • Dorothy T,

    Watched the airing of the Cheetah Story this evening. Very moving and so sad in parts. But that’s the life in the wild, I guess. I came to this site seeking the updates on Toki’s life as mentioned in the film. Wondering where to go from here? Please keep us updated – obviously after such a touching and interactive film, your audience will be seeking updates. Thanks.

  • Karen Cody

    I just recorded and watched the Cheetah Orphans PBS show twice.

    My only reason to write is to thank Simon for that incredible show. I saw in him tears, which I experience so many times in my life with my rescue pups that we have had for years. >We just got another one.

    Simon, if those 2 kids were the first animals you ever got that close with, at that level and you have never had a domesticated pet, please get a cat or a dog. You will experience the exact emotions you did on that show.

    Thank you so much.

    Karen Cody
    North Carolina, USA

  • S.K. May, San Jose, CA,USA

    I enjoyed the way you handled those 2 helpless Cheetah cubs. So much that I looked you up, Simon, on the internet to watch the precious details again. I’m definately a cat lover…doesn’t matter the size.

  • Arthur

    I am a huge fan of Big Cat Diray that airs on Animal Planet. The Earth needs more people like you.

  • Heather

    What were your feelings once you learned of Sambu`s death? Did you feel like you were going the right thing when you took Toki to Ol Pejeta or was it hard for you? What were your feelings through all of this? This story was very very touching.

  • Amy

    I just viewed the program for the second time. I saw it before on either NG or the Animal Planet. I absolutely adore cheetahs and will watch and read anything about them. I cried w/you, and laughed w/you, Simon. What an incredible life you have had. Thank you so much for all you have given for cheetahs. I love you for it. Please keep up the good work and let us know what you’re up to.

  • J Secrist

    This is the third time I have seen this program and I like it as much as the first time. Thanks to NPR for running it. I only wish A. Planet would get away from some of its current anti wildlife horror/reality programming and have more such shows such as Big Cat Diaries and this wonderful program. Have you seen Toki recently? Many of us would like to know his status.

  • Juan

    I just saw your show, cheetah orphans, on PBS for the first time and I thouht that it was great. I have watched you and your co-workers on big cat diary for years and I really like the work that you all do. The shows are always full of emotion and have great pictures, you and your friends do a great job keep it up! The only thing that I would ask is to know how Toki ended up.

  • Carolyn Foran

    Simon;
    Kudos to you… Watching your shows “Big Cat Diary” and this nature program of your two baby cheetahs makes me want to be back in Africa again. I’d love to be with you and Jonathan Scott on your adventures – just viewing your shows over and over gives me great pleasure – much happiness. God Bless you and your family – human and animal.

  • Patti Fritchie

    Watched this program last night and was immediately captivated by the devotion and depth of commitment that you and the team had for these wonderful cats. Thank you for your passion and your works. God blesses those who care for his creatures great and small.

    Respectfully,
    Patti

  • Nona powers

    Simon brings compassion and sensitivity to everything he photographs. Lions, Cheetas or sharks thrusting out of water while catching seals. Truly talented man but he also comes across as a very nice man. I am going to his website to read more about him and his work. Really enjoyed this show and we are watching Big Cat Diary for the fifth or sixth time. Beautifully photographed and fascinating story telling.

    Thank you PBS for being here for the BEST viewing on TV

  • Valerie

    Simon, I watched your Cheetah Orphans last night and was crying and laughing. I thought about the cats all day and looked at my two domestic cats more fondly (if that is possible). Thank you for your wonderful work. Thanks to Stephen too for his hard work. Such amazing and beautiful creatures. Hope Toki is fine/ Seems from reading the comments that he has a lot of fans.

  • Elva Smith

    Simon, I have been watching Big Cats Diary for a very long time. You and Jonathon Scott are my heroes.
    Your most beloved adventure with Toki and Sambu was truly a wonderftul experience. I must admit that I feel your sadness when you lose a baby cheetah. I share your happiness and your tears.
    God Bless you for your care ond concern for our wildlife. You are a very genuine loving human being.

  • Lana Ramig

    I re- watched this touching story of the Cheetah orphans and it touched me so much on an emotional level each time I have viewed this amazing story. Again, my deepest thanks to your devotion and love you have given to this project! This is one of the best episodes of “Nature” I have ever viewed,as it has such an emotional feature to it.I hope this finds both you and Toki in good health, and thank God for people like you on this planet!!!

  • Pearle Gray Mintz

    After watching you, Simon, on all 41 episodes of Big Cat Diary it was great to see how involved you became personally with these Cheetahs, I remember my trip to Kenya and Tanzania 30 years ago and how wonderful it was. It was the highlight of my traveling experiences. You and Scott and Saba are always there for me to watch and now that I can see this film as well I can be the 77 year old arm chair visitor to my favorite place on earth and enjoy “being there” whenever I want. Your photography skill are awesome. Your heart is huge. Thank you for pursuing the life that you have. Not only must this be satisfying to you, but you bring enjoyment of nature to those who can only dream of spending “real” time with these magnificent animals. I eagerly await your next photographic project.

  • Ms Caroline

    Thank Simon King for taking care of the Cheetahs in the wild,a truly magnificent creatures.

  • Donna

    Simon you are a blessed angel. Thank you for your work and for sharing this truly moving story.

  • Tim

    This is truly inspirational Simon. You are a real dedicated individual. The world needs more people like you!
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  • Rolland Schimek

    After rereading your poetic post, I would like to add that it is natural for all of us to want to hide from the real world when it can be so ugly and cruel.

  • Ray Muniz

    What a great happy/sad film. It brought great pain and tears to my eyes the passing of Sambu. There’s something about the personalities of felines that is hard to resist and when one is mistreated or killed, to me is quite painful. As an animal lover, particularly felines, I could see and feel that the love shown by Simon King for Toki and Sambu was genuine, although he had to keep himself from overdoing it. But I noticed those quick instances when he would pet the cats one too many times. My kitty is spoiled and probably annoyed because I kiss her to death. I just hope this film make people take conscience and give them the space these magnificent creatures deserve. Would love to see the day, hopefully in my lifetime, when these creatures are brought back from the brink of extinction and run free as God intended.

  • banking online a

    Eloquently written and much needed public response. We can never “understand” to the point of rationalizing God’s Word. Thank you brother Steve for standing soundly upon God’s Word and His blessed covenant of marriage. I am praying for Pat Robinson and those who respect his advice.

  • Bernie J. Downs

    Dear Simon

    The web sites are full of praise etc. for Toki and justifyably so but where is Sambu buried and is there a grave marker for this wonderful animal.

    Thank you

    Bernie J. Downs

  • Jan Henderson

    Simon King
    Congrats and I love ya !!! You are watched by me on all Big Cat diary, They are re runs but I dont care, What will I do with you and the crew are gone !!! My heart was broke when I heard they were not contuined with the show, oh God Bless you and let me know I can watch any show you do, !!! keep up your love for animals !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elichia

    Great job I work and deal with animals like these and it is such a rewarding job

  • Dawn

    Simon King is cool. He loves his cheetahs, just like Dawn does. He has tv shows, and he says he has been following cheetahs for the past 20 years. I have been watching Simon King since I was 17 and other cheetah shows. And I am still watching cheetah shows and it has been 14 years now.

    I watched a movie about cheetahs that were orphans Their mother was killed by a lion, so Simon King raised them. He taught them how to be wild. He taught them how to hunt. They grew up, and he set them free and came back the next day. One of the cheetah brothers was dead. He was killed by a lion. The other one got away. He kept calling for his brother.

    Simon King said, “This is tragic.” He got teary-eyed, and so did I. The brother that survived ran into three cheetah brothers and got into a fight. He almost died. Simon King saved him again and put him in a preserve.

    The cheetah was let out again. Right away he got lost. He was hard to find. He was sitting between two bushes. He had to go back to the facility. They are trying to find him a female.

    Simon King, I am your biggest fan! When we found your picture on the computer I got excited and my friend asked me why. I said, “You are my inspiration.” You are actually the only reason I love cheetahs. Have you watched “African Cats?” Have you seen the female cheetah they call Cita? They say she is the best mother cheetah out there. Watch the movie and you’ll see what I mean.

  • alice cizmar

    Simon King, I thank God for people like you. May God watch and bless you always.

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