Cheetah survival on Namibian farmlands
- January 1, 2003
- by Marker L. L., D. Kraus, D. Barnett, S. Hurlbut
From 1991-1993, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) conducted an in-depth survey of Namibia’s north central commercial farmlands. The survey addressed physical features, livestock management techniques, predator problems, recommendations to reduce predator conflict, and observations of cheetah. Data collected was correlated with historical information and Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development statisitics. It was evident from the survey that the Namibian farmers play a critical role in the survival of the species. Indiscriminate removal of cheetah for livestock and game protection appeared to be one of the biggest threats to the species, as well as counterproductive for predator control. Adjustment of livestock and game management methods may be more effective in reducing predator conflict. CCF recommends management techniques to ensure maximum diversity of wildlife through non-lethal and preventative predator control methods. This will not only reduce conflict with the cheetah and other predators, but will work in harmony with the ecosystem.