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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,

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

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

Growing support from Canadians for the survival of the cheetah!

Over the past 5 years, Canadians have donated close to $425,000 to key programs run by Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.   Our Canadian charity run solely by volunteers and is proud to be directing 98% of all donations directly to Namibia. The next 15 years are critical to the survival of the cheetah in