One of the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s most successful programs which helps save the wild cheetah is the Kangal/Anatolian Shepherd Livestock Guarding Dog program.
These special dogs, raised and bred at CCF Namibia’s Center, are given free to Namibian farmers. The dogs protect livestock from cheetah attacks, barking loudly whenever they see a cheetah or predator, scaring the big cats away. Farmers no longer need to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock and their livelihoods.
Since 1994, CCF has placed close to 600 livestock guarding dogs. The puppies bond with their herds and protect the herds from predators. Most farmers with Anatolian dogs from CCF report dramatic reductions of livestock losses due to cheetahs and other predators (80 per cent reduction in predation rate). In turn, this helps the farmers implement improved livestock management techniques and encourages the farmers to co-exist with cheetahs instead of removing cheetahs from farmland.
Please become a conservation partner and assist in covering the annual costs in caring for and raising these working dogs. Each dog costs CCF over $500 a year in care. These costs include food, vaccinations, new-owner support, veterinary care and long-term monitoring. Your donation will also support training programs for the farmers.
Your Support is Needed!
To help us support the Livestock Guarding Dog Program, donate online. If you prefer to mail us a cheque, please use our order form (PDF). Please make your cheque payable to Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada and send it to the address shown on the form.