CCF’s work includes census research on the cheetah. As cheetahs are very difficult to count using conventional census techniques due to their secretive nature, CCF has tested various census and monitoring techniques, including radio-telemetry, spoor track counts and camera traps.
CCF operates on the principle that only by securing the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah can the future of the cheetah itself be ensured. The conservation program has a very strong foundation of scientific research. This includes the publication of peer-reviewed research on the biology, ecology and genetics of the cheetah as well as the methods and impact of human-wildlife conflict solutions. CCF operates the only fully equipped genetics lab within an in situ conservation facility in Africa. CCF regularly presents its research findings at international conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed scientific publications.