We re-wild cheetahs
CCF has retrieved close to 900 cheetahs from farms or private owners across Namibia, and has been able to release more than half of them back into the wild. However, there are currently 37 orphaned and injured cheetahs that remain under care at the large and peaceful sanctuary. The remaining cheetahs are part of ongoing research to better understand cheetah biology, physiology and behavior; some also act as cheetah ambassadors to the visiting public.
100,000 acres in Namibia, Africa
Located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, adjacent to the Greater Waterburg Landscape, a designated nature preserve, CCF’s International Research and Education Centre is a renowned research facility. Year round it welcomes scientists, conservationists, animal care professionals, students and many international visitors.
- a large and peaceful sanctuary that currently accommodates 38 cheetahs
- a full appointed veterinary clinic
- a genetic laboratory that researches the overall health and size of the world’s cheetah population. It conducts non-invasive monitoring of cheetah gene flow and geographic patterns of genetic variation.
- educational facility that teaches local school children. It endeavours to change the prevailing attitude of dominance over nature to a strengthened national pride in conserving the Namibian eco-system. Since 1994, over 300,000 students have participated.
- training facility that teaches local farmers advanced techniques such as cattle husbandry, head and veld management, disease and vaccination programs, business principles, and predator-friendly farming practices. Over 3,000 participants have undergone this training.
- Livestock Guarding Dog facility which breeds, places and monitors 40+ puppies per year. Farmers report a 80% decrease in livestock losses.
- a working ranch used as model farm which displays predator-friendly and commercially-viable livestock and wildlife programs.
- Dancing Goat Creamery is a business that demonstrates to local people new ways to increase revenue
- Bushblok is a business that makes compressed fuel logs out of thorn bush. This invasive species reduces farm land and decreases cheetah’s line of vision during hunting. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the high-heat, low-emission logs are used as cooking fuel and home heating.,
- an ecotourism destination, with memorable experiences such as game drives, cheetah runs, educational tours and full-service accommodation.
- CCF collaborates with governments and conservation organizations in other countries where cheetahs live: Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Iran, Algeria and Angola.
- CCF is a key member of the Conservation Association of Namibia.
- CCF is a founding member of the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking. About 300 cheetahs are illegally sold per year from Africa to Gulf states.
- CCF collaborates with internationally conservation and endangered species organization.
- Scientific research is a key cornerstone of the work of CCF.