Education

Environmental education is vital to Cheetah Conservation Fund’s mission. CCF’s research show that public education will help ensure a future for the species in the wild. The development of national pride and international concern for the cheetah are critical to the species survival. In order to reach the widest audience possible, CCF educates farmers, teachers, and the public about methods to conserve biodiversity. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the cheetah and other predators in healthy ecosystems.

Environmental education at CCF's Research and Education Centre in Namibia

CCF’s Research Conservation and Education Centre

In central Namibia, CCF operates a Field Research and Education Centre to conduct formal and informal environmental education programs. The Center is open to the public daily and offers educational activities, programs for visiting school groups, and training for Namibian and university students from around the world.

Environmental education at CCF's Cheetah Museum

CCF’s Cheetah Museum

Displays at CCF’s Cheetah Museum provide detailed information about the cheetah and what CCF is doing to ensure the species’ survival.

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Environmental education at CCF's Model Farm

CCF’s Model Farm

Students and farmers learn contemporary predator-friendly farming practices that diversify and enhance income streams.

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Environmental education at Camp Lightfoot

Camp Lightfoot

Students and instructors stay overnight for multi-day immersive experiences near CCF’s main campus.

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Environmental education at the Biomass and Technology Demonstration Centre

Biomass Technology Demonstration Center

Biomass energy production training facility for energy industry professionals and the public.

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CCF’s Education Team

Works within the community to present conservation-focused environmental education programming. Since 2000, tens of thousands of students have participated in courses at CCF’s Research and Education Centre. In addition to school groups specially designed programs are offered for: regional youth groups, youth officials, teachers, health officials and farmers.

Environmental education taught by professionals at CCF
Left to right: Elizabeth, Astrid (Intern), Annetjie, Noma (Intern), Mackenzie (Intern), Front: Ignatius

School Outreach Programs

Along with environmental educational activities conducted at CCF’s Centre, CCF’s Education Team presents outreach programs at schools and community events throughout Namibia. Since 1994, hundreds of thousands of students have participated in our conservation-focused educational outreach.

Environmental education outreach at schools
Educational outreach at Namibian school
Environmental education outreach at schools
Educational outreach at Five Rand Primary School

Farmer Training And Community Outreach

As 90 percent of Namibia’s wild cheetahs live on farmlands and come into conflict with farmers, livestock and game farming interests, CCF conducts a specific environmental education program for the farming community. CCF makes presentations at individual farms, farmers’ association meetings and agricultural shows, highlighting proven cheetah behavioral characteristics and predator-friendly livestock management techniques.

Select farmer training courses offered by CCF:

  • Cattle husbandry
  • Herd and veld management
  • Disease and vaccination programs
  • Business principles and inventorying conservancy resources
  • Other topics include basic conservation training on sustainable wildlife utilization and the role and value of predators, predator kill identification and other ‘predator-friendly’ farming practices.

Thousands of participants have undergone training at CCF’s Center. Several training courses are conducted each year.

International Training Courses

The next generation of African conservation managers must be equipped with the best training available. CCF hosts education and conservation biology courses for wildlife professionals.
Hundreds of Namibian and international participants have completed courses on subjects such as:

  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental education
  • Conservation biology
  • Game capture
  • Integrated wildlife management
  • livestock and predator management

Education Partners

CCF works in partnership with universities, colleges, trade and vocational schools across the world. Students and professors utilize CCF’s state-of-the-art facilities and unique proximity to the wildlife and wild spaces of Namibia.

Cherrydale Primary School
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Colorado State University - Warner College of Natural Resources
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Cornell University
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Dartmouth College
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Earth Expeditions
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Earthwatch Institute
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Eastern Oregon University
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Environmental Educators Association of Southern Africa
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First National Bank (Namibia)
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Grand Valley State University
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Langston University’s E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
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Lions Club Windhoek Alte Feste
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Miami University
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Michigan State University
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Murdoch University
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Namibia Environmental Educators Network - NEEN
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Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
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National Geographic Student Expeditions
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Oregon State University
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Otterbein University
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Stanford University
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The Traveling School
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The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency - TIKA
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The University of Arizona
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University of Hargeisa - College of Agri & Veterinary Medicine
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University of Nebraska
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University of Namibia (UNAM)
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University of Namibia Khomasdal Education Department
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University of Oxford
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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
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Venture Force
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Wakefield School
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World Challenge UK
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