Celebrating the first wildlife education centre in the Horn of Africa

  • by Zila Oliveira 25 June 2024
Celebrating the first wildlife education centre in the Horn of Africa

We are thrilled to announce the groundbreaking of the new Education Centre at the Cheetah Rescue and Conservation Centre (CRCC) in Somaliland. This momentous event establishes the first educational centre for wildlife conservation in the Horn of Africa, marking a significant milestone for the region and global conservation efforts.


Distinguished figures passionate about wildlife conservation, including Dr. Laurie Marker, a renowned conservationist, the Ambassador of Taiwan, Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare, Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Fatima Saeed, Senior Advisor to Parliament, graced the inauguration ceremony. Their presence emphasized the importance of this new facility and the collaborative efforts in its establishment.

First Wildlife Education Centre in the Horn of Africa
First Wildlife Education Centre in the Horn of Africa

A hub for education and conservation

Situated in the Geed Deeble Community Conservancy and Forest Reserve, the Education Centre is set to become a vital hub for educational outreach and training. Supported by Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) staff, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in Somaliland, and other key partners, it will offer various programs to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.

The centre’s primary goal is to actively engage the public in preventing the illegal wildlife pet trade, ensuring cheetahs remain in the wild. Through education and training, it aims to enhance understanding of wildlife conservation and biodiversity protection.


Global support for a local initiative


The Government of Taiwan’s generous contribution made the establishment of the Education Centre possible, as part of broader efforts to promote biodiversity conservation and mitigate global climate change impacts. Additional support from the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) underscores the international collaboration behind this initiative.

First Wildlife Education Centre in the Horn of Africa

Looking ahead


The new Education Centre at the CRCC represents a significant stride in wildlife conservation efforts in Somaliland and the broader Horn of Africa region. By providing a dedicated space for education and outreach, the centre will play a pivotal role in preserving the region’s unique wildlife and promoting a culture of conservation.

We anticipate this facility will positively impact local communities and the global conservation community alike. As we celebrate this milestone, we emphasize the importance of collaboration and education in our ongoing efforts to protect the world’s wildlife for future generations.

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