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
Jan 31, 2011

New puppies flourishing

In 2010 we added four puppies to expand the livestock guarding dog breeding program at the Cheetah Conservation Fund's research station in Namibia. Aleya, the eldest of the four and imported from Germany, is now more legs than dog and promises to become an elegant Kangal when she grows into those legs! Chino--one of the puppies from the artificial insemination litter--is an exceptionally affectionate little Anatolian who greets us with enthusiasm every morning and patiently endures being checked for ticks. Our French duo, Firat and Feliz, have quickly become part of the dog/livestock family. This is especially true for young Firat who never wants to leave his herd and howls when separated from them. These four young dogs represent a bright future for our guarding dog programme, so their excellent progress as working dogs is especially encouraging. This year, we will continue to breed our adult dogs and hope to produce four litters: two from our Anatolian females, Uschi and Penda, and our first Kangal litters from Cazgir and Hediye. After her 2010 litter, Tylee was spayed and is now a staff pet. In her breeding days, she gave us 58 future livestock guarding dogs. If one guard dog can reduce predation on a livestock herd by 80-100%, thus negating the need for a farmer to shoot predators, imagine the impact she made during her "career." Thank you, Tylee.

Nov 25, 2010

Four out, four in

The four cubs after a few weeks at CCF
The four cubs after a few weeks at CCF

On the same day that four formerly captive cheetahs were soft-released into CCF's game park to determine if they can learn to hunt, CCF took possession of four 2-month-old cubs. The cubs arrived in a beat-up cage; they were filthy and terrified. Cubs that young still need intensive care, and these quickly blossomed at CCF. They are now healthy and getting more confident every day.  Luckily the four females who were soft-released have proven to be very adept at hunting and won't have to be returned to captivity at CCF. And while these four new cubs are incredibly cute, we'd prefer they were still out in the wild with their mother. CCF now has almost 60 cheetahs in its care, and we are very grateful for everyone's support.

The cubs on the day they arrived at CCF
The cubs on the day they arrived at CCF
Oct 28, 2010

Puppy Day at CCF

Communal farmers in Namibia receive puppies
Communal farmers in Namibia receive puppies

Two more livestock guarding dogs were placed with Namibian farmers on Saturday, October 23. The farms were visited by CCF staff before puppy day to ensure that the puppies’ new homes would be suitable and to meet the farmers that would take care of them. These two farmers (Mr. Katuuo and Mr. Kavari) are both communal farmers from eastern Namibia. They had reported stock losses to cheetahs and other predators, including wild dogs, and had applied to CCF for dogs to put with their livestock.

During puppy day at CCF, the farmers were trained on how to care for and train their new puppies to become successful guarding dogs. They were further provided with information to take home on training livestock guarding dogs, predator-friendly farming practices and ways to reduce livestock losses to cheetahs and other predators. These beautiful (and big!) puppies will be placed immediately among the farmers' goats and sheep and very soon will be benefiting the farmer by decreasing livestock losses due to predation and saving cheetahs by negating the farmers' perceived need to kill predators to prevent (or retaliate against) livestock loss. It's a win/win program that is possible due to your donations. Thank you for your support!

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