CCF believes that efforts to support public education, build national pride and raise international awareness about the threats facing the cheetah are critical to its survival. A major portion of CCF’s work is focused on education – primarily for farmers, students, and teachers – about methods to conserve biodiversity and about the role of the cheetah and other predators in healthy ecosystems.
Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict by Educating Farmers
Since over 90 percent of cheetahs live outside protected areas, and near people, one of the major threats to the cheetah is human-wildlife conflict. Most cheetahs live near commercial or communal farming communities where farmers raise cows, sheep, and goats.
To the farmers, many of whom are poor, the loss of even a single animal can be devastating. Cheetahs and other predators are seen as a threat to their livelihoods.
CCF’s program, Future Farmers of Africa, is an outreach to farmers across Namibia. CCF collaborates with farmers to better understand farm management techniques and to share CCF’s expertise in non-lethal livestock management and predator control practices. CCF’s Education Team also conducts week-long training courses at CCF covering farming production principles, such as cattle husbandry, herd and veld management, disease and vaccination programs, business principles, and ‘predator-friendly’ farming practices. Over 3,000 participants have undergone this training.