Through generous donations from Canadians, we support these programs managed by Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.   CCF Research & Education Centre is located in northeast Namibia.

Namibia School Outreach Program

 

Reaching out to school age children means that conservation awareness increasingly becomes part of the fabric of Namibian society.  These programs play a vital role in encouraging young people to pursue higher education.  Students also learn about biodiversity and its importance to their country’s economy and social welfare.  CCF conducts assemblies in schools throughout the country; targeting 4th through 12th grade learners.  Topics include:

  • Namibian predator identification
  • ecological and physiological characteristics of the cheetah
  • methods to reduce human/cheetah conflict.

These programs help raise awareness about the importance of saving all wildlife, as well as cheetahs.  Approximately, 9,500 students/year participate, impacting more than 350,000 young learners in Namibia since the program was launched in 1993.

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Future Farmers of Africa

This program teaches farmers, students, educators and policy-makers about the value of sustainable farming, livestock and grasslands management techniques – including predator-friendly approaches – through modern agricultural practices. This program helps to enhance the livelihoods of Namibian farmers while reducing human-wildlife conflict.

Training for the farmers is carried out either as one-week training courses at CCF’s Centre, or through visits to farming communities, farm association meetings or agricultural shows.

Since this program launched in 1990, CCF has trained more than 3,500 rural Namibian men and women.    In 2016, the focus has been in consultative meetings and workshops with farmers around the Waterberg Landscape region to identify and address human-wildlife conflicts.

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Livestock Guarding Dog Program

 

One of the most effective and non-lethal ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict has proven to be the Livestock Guarding Dog Program. Kangal/Anatolian Shepherd dogs are bred and raised at Cheetah Conservation Fund Namibia headquarters.

Local farmers receive a guard dog for free.  The dogs protect livestock by barking loudly and scaring away a cheetah or another type of predator. Potential predators disappear and the farmer no longer needs to kill wildlife to protect his herd.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 60 litters have been born, for a total of more than 500 puppies. Countless cheetahs owe their lives to this successful program – 85% drop in cheetahs being targeted by farmers.

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Care of Non-releasable Cheetahs

Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia provides a sanctuary for cheetahs that have been orphaned, injured or unable to survive in the wild.   Captured by farmers, about 40 cheetahs receive care for the rest of their lives (nutrition and veterinary care) and the opportunity to live in conditions as close as possible to the wild.

We support the care of  Rainbow and Aurora in 2014.  Both female cheetahs are the best of friends.  They were rescued as orphaned cubs on nearby farms, where the mothers had very likely been shot.

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