The Year of the Livestock Guarding Dog Coming to a Close

Marking twenty-five years of success for farmers and cheetahs! by Meredith Hanel, guest writer As eighty percent of cheetahs in Namibia share land with farmers, there are bound to be conflicts. When Laurie Marker arrived in the late eighties, she talked to farmers and learned they viewed killing cheetahs and other predators as necessary to protect

Why is the Cheetah Threatened? What are the Solutions?

Learn more about the threats, importance of saving the cheetah and some solutions supported by Canadians.  

Guardians of the Cheetah and Planet Earth

by Meredith Hanel, Guest writer Somewhere in Namibia a mother cheetah is hungry. In order to hunt and provide for herself and her family she will face many challenges. Cubs are easy prey for lions and hyenas. For safety, she will keep herself at least 100 metres away from lions at all times. She locks onto

Victoria and Rachael Learning First-hand at CCF Namibia

    Seven students, who have completed their 2nd year at OVC, are doing two-week placements at CCF this summer as part of OVC’s, Global Vets program.

Update from the Field – Livestock Guarding Dog

  As of June 2018, the Livestock Guarding Dog program has placed 5 puppies throughout Namibia that were born in 2017. So far 2 litters have been born this year with a total of 15 (9M, 6F) puppies. An outside breeding female, Nusi, gave birth to a litter of 10 (6M, 4F) pups and Taya

4 Ways Saving Cheetahs Positively Impacts Ecosystems

By Cynthia MacNeil, Guest writer The Race to Beat Extinction Ecosystems are complex networks of plants, animals, and organisms in a given area, and include factors like weather and climate.  Each ecosystem is a community with every element playing a vital role. Apex predators (animals at the top of the food chain) such as cheetahs, have

Dogs Helping to Save Cats

Helping farmers protect their livestock from predators helps reduce the killing of cheetah. Livestock guarding dogs are raised and trained by CCF staff and then provided to famers in many communities surrounding CCF.  Currently, CCF has 220 working dogs, which are supported through regular follow-ups with farmers. This program has been in operation for close to 20

Canadians Making a Difference at CCF Namibia

Meet Becky Johnston from Alberta. Becky has always been interested in working with wildlife, and big cats, in particular. With a BSc in Ecology (University of Calgary, 2015), she fulfilled a life-long dream to be working with wildlife in Africa after being accepted as an intern at Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. In January

Our New GivingCare Program

Dear Cheetah Fans: I’m so pleased to announce a new program – GivingCare – that makes it easier for you to support the work done by Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. Our goal is to save orphaned or injured cheetahs, and to help raise the puppies and dogs that are part of CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program. You

Calling on Canadians to Support the Livestock Guarding Dog Program

For farmers in Namibia (and elsewhere in Africa), potential loss of livestock to cheetah or other predators is an economic and emotional issue, as their livelihoods depend on the success of their livestock and wild game enterprises. While many Namibian farmers are very respectful of nature and tolerate a certain level of loss, some resort

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