Over the past several years, Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada has helped raise Canadians’ awareness of the importance of saving the cheetah in the wild. We have organized a number of public events and media interviews across Canada in which Dr. Laurie Marker had the opportunity to explain the challenges of saving the species and to describe CCF’s innovative solutions.
The impact of donations from Canada
Since 2013, Canadians have contributed over $760,000 to the education & conservation work taking place in Namibia, including the following:
- More than 12,500 students, grade 5 to 7, benefited from educational classes.
- More than 4,100 farmers were trained through workshops, information sessions and trade-shows as well as being able to make use of 3,000 printed manuals.
- On average, 3-4 cheetahs have benefited from a full year of support and care every year. With COVID-19 and drop of tourist revenues in 2020-2021, we increased our support for cheetah care to about 10 cheetahs/year.
- In 2021, cheetah care was provided for orphaned cheetah cubs in Somaliland due to the illegal pet trade.
- On average, Canadians provided support to 30 livestock guarding dogs each year.
- Rabies vaccines were provided to 1,100 dogs as part of the One Health program.
- A fully outfitted dormitory was built which accommodates up to 8 students and/or staff members.
- A cabin was built at the Lightfoot Camp for weekend education for students and teachers as well as overflow for interns and volunteers.
- Research programs were supported to restore the wildlife-livestock balance and reduce the human/wildlife conflict in the rural lands of east-central Namibia, spurring economic growth in the region.