Cheetah Conservation Fund

To be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people. CCF works to: create and manage long-term conservation strategies for the cheetah; develop and implement livestock management practices that eliminate the need for ranchers to kill cheetah; conduct education programs for locals; continue research in genetics, biology, species survival
Mar 6, 2015

Keeping our Livestock Healthy!

LSGD Help Protect our Farm Animals
LSGD Help Protect our Farm Animals

February was International Hoof Care Month! Cheetahs don't have hoofs you say? That is correct, but CCF also cares for goats, sheep, and cattle and provides training for farmers. Proper hoof care is very important in keeping unwanted predators at bay. Luckily, we have our Livestock Guarding Dogs to help protect them and other animals!

Limping animals - goats, sheep, and cattle - lag behind and can be the weaker animals that become tempting prey for predators. Also, if these animals are limping behind the herd, trying to keep up, they are not able to eat as much and then they become thin and unhealthy.

To keep our goats healthy, our dairy goats also get to enjoy a tasty afternoon snack while getting rid of any unwanted intestinal parasites. Using Hoegger Supply Company’s Herbal Dewormer powder, we were able to combine it with molasses to create bite sized treats they come running for. Intestinal parasites are a common problem in many livestock animals all around the world and by feeding an all-natural dewormer once a week, CCF keeps their parasite loads to a minimal. Healthy goats are happy goats!

In other Livestock Guarding Dog news, Happy Belated Birthday to our Kangal sisters, Kiri and Karibib, who were born on 10 February 2010! Both of these females are originally from Germany, but were brought to Namibia to work on a farm protecting livestock. A few years later, the farmer no longer needed the two dogs, as he sold his livestock, and asked if CCF would like them. Now, both the dogs are part of CCF's Livestock Guarding Dog Programme, which provides Namibian farmers with training in predator friendly livestock management and with puppies to help protect their livestock from predators. In return, less predators are killed and the farmers profit from the reduction in their livestock losses. Karibib also acts as an outreach ambassador and is used to teach people about our LSGD program. We hope you enjoy the picture below of Kiri on her big day!

If you want to help CCF keep cheetahs and other predators away from local farmer's livestock please consider please help sponsor our Livestock Guarding Dogs!

P.S. GlobalGiving's first matching opportunity of 2015 is Wednesday, March 18th! GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT. There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

A Male Goat Enjoys a Deworming Molasses Treat
A Male Goat Enjoys a Deworming Molasses Treat
Happy Birthday Kiri!
Happy Birthday Kiri!
Dec 9, 2014

Meet B2, CCF's youngest Orphan Cheetah!

B2 at 5 months
B2 at 5 months

Named after a friend of CCF, B2 arrived at CCF in August when he was just 4 months old. As a young cub without his mother, B2 required lots of care and staff attention and resources to keep him fed, healthy and happy!

It has now been four months since we rescued this amazing cheetah and he is doing very well and has made a full recovery here at CCF. On 4 December, also International Cheetah Day, B2 ran with the lure for the first time! This was very exciting and he was curious and responded very well.

Currently, CCF keepers are working to bond B2 with another solo male, Pheonix (one of our hand raised orphans who is six years old). Hopefully, before too long, the two males can share the same enclosure. When we first began introducing B2 to our other cats, he would sit with his back against the enclosure's fence, and ignore the other cats as they vocalized and hissed. With time and paitence, we are very please to share that they are doing well now! We are very excited about how they are getting on. A slow process, though, spending a few hours a day together with us monitoring closely. B2 really seems to enjoy his new pal.

Rescue efforts like this take a lot of staff time and resources, and can be very costly. We are very pleased that members of the local community know that they can depend on CCF to help care for wounded and orphaned cheetahs. Rescues such B2's would not be possible without your support.

 

B2
B2's first time running with the lure
B2 (7 months) bonding with Phoenix
B2 (7 months) bonding with Phoenix
B2 is growing very quickly! He is now 8.5 months.
B2 is growing very quickly! He is now 8.5 months.
Dec 9, 2014

PUPdate! More Dogs are Helping Farmers and Saving Cats!

Karabib thanks you for your support!
Karabib thanks you for your support!

On 3 October, We had 11 new puppies at CCF! Karabib, our ambassador guarding dog, gave birth to 11 healthy pups  and all are doing very well and are approximately 9 weeks old! These puppies although young are already living in the kraal with the mom and have the sheep and goats nearby to learn the ropes of guarding livestock to save wild cheetahs.

At about 9 weeks old they will head out to their new farms where they will start their new lives as Livestock Guarding Dogs. These dogs play an important part in the protection of the wild cheetah and other predators - as they help to reduce human wildlife conflict.

Over the weekend, a few dogs were sent to Tanzania to help farmers in need of guarding dogs! We have had many beautiful litters of puppies this year and look forward to more healthy puppies in the future in order to continue to fill the need of African farmers and protect the cheetahs.

On behalf of all of the dogs and cats at CCF, Thank you!

One of our Karabibs
One of our Karabibs' beautiful pups!
One of the pups at 5 weeks, growing fast!
One of the pups at 5 weeks, growing fast!

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