Conserving the world’s fastest cat

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Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and member of NACSO, is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.

The vast majority of wild cheetahs are outside protected areas, in areas populated by humans. Saving this magnificent animal from extinction requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes. CCF has developed a set of integrated programs that work together to achieve this objective. The programs have effectively stabilized and even increased the wild cheetah population in Namibia.

The overall objective of CCF’s work in the Otozondjupa communal conservancies is to contribute to alleviating poverty through multiple streams including livestock husbandry, veterinary services, and reduction in human-carnivore conflict. Approximately 23,000 people live and work across the four communal conservancies. Raising livestock, especially cattle, is the main income stream. However, this has come at a price to the local wild game species and carnivores of the area. The numbers of herbivore species across the four communal areas have been decimated, leading to a rapid decline of a prey base for carnivores. Livestock predation has led to the current high levels of human-carnivore conflict.

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