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Our Programs: How Canadians are Making a Difference

 

 

Canadians have long been avid supporters of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

Through the generous donations from Canadian individuals and institutions, we are able to support these three cheetah conservation programs managed by Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia:

Cheetah Care

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CCF provides a sanctuary for cheetah that have been orphaned, injured or are unable to survive in the wild. In almost all instances, these cheetahs have been captured by farmers. CCF provides care for these cheetahs for the rest of their lives, providing nutrition, veterinary care and an opportunity for these cheetah to live in conditions as close to the wild as possible. In some select cases, with careful planning and preparation, cheetahs can be re-wilded.

Canadians presently support the care of two cheetahs at the sanctuary, “Rainbow” and “Aurora” and we are provided with regular updates on their progress. Get involved by donating now.

Livestock Guarding Dog Program

 

One of the most effective and non-lethal ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict has proven to be CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program. Kangal/Anatolian Shepherd dogs that are bred and raised at CCF Namibia headquarters are provided free to Namibian farmers. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 60 litters have been born at CCF totally more than 500 puppies. An additional group of puppies have been born at other facilities under CCF’s direction.

Once placed with a local farmer, the dogs protect livestock by barking loudly and scaring away a cheetah or another type of predator. Since the predator disappears, the farmer no longer needs to kill to protect his herd; countless cheetahs owe their lives to this successful program.

With the donations received from Canadians, we have been able to support numerous livestock guarding dogs. Join in by donating now.

Anatolian Shepherds originated in Turkey over 6000 years ago. During this time, they have been bred to be trustworthy, attentive and protective. They stand approximately 24 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 150 lb. If an intruder approaches, the dogs bark first and will only attack as a last resort. Most predators will avoid this large, and aggressively loud breed of dog. For the shy cheetah, the risk of injury far outweighs the chance of a meal.

Educational Programs

 

Future Farmers of Africa (FFA)

 

This program, started in 1990, teaches farmers, students, educators and policy-makers about the value of sustainable farming, livestock and grasslands management techniques – including predator-friendly approaches – through modern agricultural practices. This program helps to enhance the livelihoods of Namibian farmers while reducing human-wildlife conflict.

Training for the farmers is carried out either as one-week training courses at CCF’s Centre, or through visits to farming communities, farm association meetings or agricultural shows.

FFA Education

School Outreach Program

 

Fostering awareness and education is a large part of CCF’s mandate. It begins at the grassroots level. Enhancing education experiences for school age children means that conservation awareness increasingly becomes part of the fabric of Namibian society.

These programs play a vital role in encouraging young people to pursue higher level education and to gain a better understanding of the importance of protecting biodiversity and its importance to their country’s economy and social welfare.

The educational program highlights Namibian predator identification, ecological and physiological characteristics of the cheetah, and problems associated with human/cheetah conflict. Every year, approximately 20,000 school children in grades 5-7 visit CCF’s International Research and Education Centre to participate in this program.

With the donations received from Canada, CCF Namibia is able to teach a greater number of children about the importance of conservation, and ways in which to achieve a good balance between people and their environment.

Help us to continue supporting these important educational programs by donating now.

 

 

 

Outreach Education