Cats, dogs and robots built for speed

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer When it comes to speed, the cheetah reigns. Crowned the fastest land animal, the cheetah can reach 110 km per hour. The fastest dog, the greyhound, can run about 70 km per hour. To find tune their bodies for speed, cheetahs have had 8.5 million years of natural selection and dogs

Spotlight on cheetahs in the illegal pet trade

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer “As long as there is a demand by the rich, creating a lucrative trade for the poor, the cheetah’s future hangs in the balance”. These words by CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh succinctly captured the crux of the matter in her story on cheetahs in the illegal pet tradein the Horn of Africa,

Canadian Vet Students Pursue their Passion

By Alex Geduld-Boucher, Student Veterinarian, Class of 2021, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph The airplane wheels touched down on the Namibian runway, and slowly came to a halt. Andrew Bush and I disembarked from the small aircraft to see, somewhat surprisingly, the scale of the international airport in Windhoek. After spending 4 weeks travelling through South Africa

CCF Joins Thriving Together Campaign

Press Released by Cheetah Conservation Fund July 11, 2019: CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND JOINS THE THRIVING TOGETHER CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT YET IGNORED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION The Thriving Together campaign recognizes that family planning is critically important not only for women and girls but also for the environment OTJIWARONGO, Namibia (July 11, 2019) Today,

Dog dream job: Scat detection in cheetah conservation

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer “Ewww, leave it!” Dogs love sniffing stinky things and most dog owners don’t reward their dogs for finding poop from other animals. Dog handlers at Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) do just that. Sniffing for scat from cheetahs and other animals in their habitat is one of two job types for dogs

It Takes a Village: Cheetah Conservation and Land Management

by Jameson Bowman, guest writer Cheetahs live in low densities over vast areas. On average, male cheetahs require 800 square miles – an area larger than Toronto – and need abundant wildlife. Throughout Africa, protected land is limited and cheetahs roam onto private lands.  Due to their unique needs, cheetahs require an alternative method for conservation.

Cheetah Diplomacy – a requirement for conservation to succeed

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer (based on presentation delivered by Dr. Laurie Marker, April 17, 2019, Ottawa) “Saving the cheetah isn’t just about saying, aren’t you pretty and you should live, it’s making a world for the cheetah”, said Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), as she concluded her

The Cheetah Inner Ear is Built to Handle Speed

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer When we think of cheetah adaptations, we think of a body built for speed: slim body, long legs and a flexible spine that allows them to extend their stride. With cheetahs reaching speeds as fast as 110 km/hr, speed could be a liability if it wasn’t for special adaptations that

Cheetahs need to run regularly

To ensure CCF non-releasable cheetahs get the exercise that they need , CCF runs them regularly using a mechanical lure system. It’s very important for their physical and mental health. This video is a compilation of clips from Brigitte Petraz, volunteer in France, shot during her visits to CCF since 2010.  The video was edited

Children are stepping up!

We are so please when we receive letters, e-mails and pictures from Canadian children letting us now about their passion for the cheetah.  Many of them have celebrated their birthday in honour of the cheetah and raised money for the cause.  We encourage children to be advocates in their schools and explain to their classmates