Animals
 Namibia
Project #2578

Help Dogs Save Cats

by Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Summary

Help the Cheetah Conservation Fund provide Livestock Guarding Dogs to subsistence farmers in Namibia, to prevent farmers from avenging livestock predation by killing the endangered cheetah.
$20,000
total goal
$10,010
remaining
189
donors
3
monthly donors
7
years active

Challenge

Cheetah are often blamed-and killed-for livestock loss in Namibia. CCF breeds a large, aggressive breed of dog used for centuries in Turkey to guard livestock, and distributes puppies at no cost to subsistence livestock farmers in Namibia. The dogs bond tightly with their charges, and alert their herds when a predator approaches. In most cases, the dog's bark is enough to deter most predators. Not only do the farmers benefit by losing fewer animals, fewer cheetahs are killed.

Solution

Each year, CCF breeds and places about 30 puppies with subsistence livestock farmers, who are required to attend a course on how to care for the dogs. CCF follows up annually with owners of dogs to ensure they are being cared for properly.

Long-Term Impact

Conflict with humans-specifically livestock farmers-is one of the biggest threats to the cheetah. Namibian livestock herds with guard dogs experience a decrease in predation of 80 to 100%. This will save the lives of hundreds of cheetahs a year.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.cheetah.org
CCF's Cheetah News Blog
CCF's Video Channel
Join CCF on Facebook

Organization Information

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cheetah.org
Project Leader:
Shannon Sharp
Operations Director
Alexandria, VA United States
2016 Year End Campaign
Time left to give
$9,990 raised of $20,000 goal
 
387 donations
$10,010 to go
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