CCF has close links and assists in training and sharing program successes with other countries where cheetah live, including Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Iran, Algeria and more recently, Angola. In many of these countries, efforts are currently underway to develop new conservation programs or support existing cheetah conservation efforts.
Additionally, CCF has been working in an advisory capacity with the Wildlife Trust of India and India’s authorities to discuss the best strategies for re-introducing cheetahs in India.
CCF’s international collaborations involve distributing CCF materials, lending resources and support, and providing training through Africa and the rest of the world.
Current countries we are working with:
The Kenya cheetah population has declined over the past decade. The Kenya Wildlife Service has asked CCF to determine population distribution in the country as well as to identify population needs. CCF established a Kenyan satellite centre and employed two staff to begin research, conservation, and education programs. In addition, CCF is assisting with a project in the Masai Mara to study the impact of tourism on cheetahs and has worked with the industry to distribute awareness materials. In cooperation with Friends of Conservation, Kenya Wildlife Service, and Kenya Wildlife Clubs, CCF has provided student and teacher resource materials for their use in schools throughout Kenya.
In 2013, Tanzania became the fourth country to which CCF has sent its celebrated livestock guarding dogs to help with human-wildlife conflict. The dogs were sent to the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) run by Dr. Amy Dickman. RCP is part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), with whom CCF Founder and Executive Director Dr. Marker conducted her doctoral research. Goats from neighboring farms have been brought to a specially prepared kraal in the RCP research area to begin training the puppies. This represents the first known attempt to bring in specialized guarding dogs to help Tanzanian pastoralists protect their livestock.
Botswana’s cheetah population may be the second largest free-ranging population, and a large percentage is found outside of protected areas. Botswana has used CCF as a model in the development of their programs. CCF has trained the Botswana Cheetah team in handling cheetahs, and developing survey and educational materials that will be utilized with the local farming community.
CCF’s sister organization, Cheetah Outreach uses hand-raised, captive-born cheetahs as educational ambassadors at local schools, and to introduce the public to the problems facing the cheetah. Cheetah Outreach has adopted CCF’s Namibian education model, and has developed and implemented a school curriculum with the Western Cape Education Department. CCF works closely with the National Cheetah Monitoring Program and the DeWildt Cheetah Research Center.
The Iranian Cheetah Conservation project is supported by a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) grant entitled “Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah, Its Natural Habitat and Associated Biota”. CCF maintains in close contact (weekly or more) with the Iranian groups involved in this project to provide support and guidance in their conservation efforts to save this last remaining population of Asian cheetahs. CCF has been to Iran twice to assist on the project and have been given a permit to work in Iran thus allowing a closer collaboration with this group.
North and West Africa
CCF’s Director is an active member of a newly developing North and West Africa project to identify the needs to save the Sahel cheetah. Currently, working in cooperation with a French Zoological Park, the Paris Museum of Natural History, and the Cat Specialist Group a formal group was developed. In addition, in 2005 CCF joined a collaborative survey team into Algeria to begin laying ground work for conservation efforts in this country. CCF trained one of the Algerian team members in Namibia in 2004.
Recent Posts on International Collaboration
IUCN Cat Specialist Group: Cheetah Compendium
The Cat Specialist Group is a network of about 200 cat specialists worldwide. This network is responsible for the observation of the status and the conservation needs of the 36 wild cat species living on our planet and for the continued IUCN Red List assessment. The group serves as a center of information on wild cats and their conservation.
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
ACK is grass-roots conservation organization founded in 2001 by director Mary Wykstra. The organization has helped decrease cheetah related livestock losses in rural communities, quantified and mapped cheetah presence across Kenya, spearheaded snare-removal efforts, facilitated community development projects, and implemented education programs in local schools. ACK is one of CCF’s close partners.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana
CCB was formed to address the threats to Botswana’s cheetah population. The focus of their work is improving community perceptions towards predators and ensuring that retaliatory killings do not continue to threaten cheetah numbers, while also improving the livelihoods of rural communities.
Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS)
Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) is an Iranian, independent, non-profit NGO established in Aug 2001 and works to save the last remains of the Asiatic cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, solely living in Iran.
AZA Cheetah SSP
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European Endangered Species Program: Cheetah
An EEP is the most intensive type of population management for a species kept in EAZA zoos. Through the EEP, each year recommendations are made each year on which animals should breed or not breed, which individual animals should go from one zoo to another, and so on.
IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
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Conservation Planning for Cheetah and African Wild Dog
Conservation Planning for Cheetah and African Wild Dog has developed a range wide conservation planning process, bringing together all sectors of society to develop frameworks under which all stakeholders can work together to ensure the survival of these iconic species.
Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking
CAWT aims to focus public and political attention and resources on ending the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
International Conservation Caucus Federation
ICCF a 501(c)(3) educational foundation promoting the projection of U.S. leadership for international conservation worldwide.