Support CCF by sponsoring a Cheetah or Livestock Guarding Dog. Sponsorship starts at a minimum donation of $5.00 and we are grateful for any level of support for sponsorship.
It costs approximately $5,000 per year to feed, house, and provide medical care for the cheetahs being cared for at CCF headquarters in Namibia and at our cheetah safe house in Somaliland.
Each Livestock Guarding Dog costs CCF over $500 a year in care. These costs include food, vaccinations, new-owner support, veterinary care and long-term monitoring. Your donation will also support training programs for the farmers.
The following cheetahs are available for sponsorship and are being cared for at CCF’s Headquarters in Namibia. These cheetahs came to CCF as orphaned young cubs, injured adolescents, or they were kept as pets and turned over as adults. For multiple reasons resident cheetahs would not be able to successfully care for themselves in the wild so they cannot be released.
Illegal Wildlife Trade
CCF supports the care of cheetahs in Somaliland that were confiscated out of the illegal pet trade. A small team of dedicated individuals are working to heal and protect the young and often severely ill cubs. Sponsorship helps our efforts toward ending the illegal trade of cheetah cubs that supply the illegal pet market. As a consequence of their traumatic beginnings and their proximity to human caretakers from a young age, the confiscated cubs are habituated to people and cannot be returned to the wild.
Livestock Guarding Dogs
CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dogs are at the core of its efforts to address the human-wildlife conflict that threatens the cheetah. The Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs, raised and bred at CCF Namibia headquarters, are placed with Namibian farmers.
The dogs protect livestock from cheetah attacks, barking loudly whenever they see a cheetah or predator, scaring the big cats away. Farmers no longer need to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock and their livelihood.
Most farmers report an 80% to 100% reduction in livestock kills by cheetahs and other predators.
Since 1994, CCF has placed hundreds of livestock guarding dogs, with more and more puppies born every year. The puppies bond with their herds and protect the herds from predators. Most farmers with dogs from CCF report dramatic reductions of livestock losses due to cheetahs and other predators. In turn, this helps the farmers implement improved livestock management techniques and encourages the farmers to co-exist with cheetahs instead of removing cheetahs from farmland.
Farmers are so eager to adopt puppies and use this livestock management technique, there is a long waiting list for dogs. Please become a conservation partner and assist in covering half or all of the annual costs in caring for and raising these working dogs.