CCF works collaboratively to help communities to live and thrive alongside cheetahs, and all wildlife, through the provision of training and support in areas known as ‘HWC hot spots’ – where conflict between predators and livestock/farmers has become problematic for people, wildlife and the environment.
Farmer outreach and training
CCF delivers training to members of the farming community to build practical skills in livestock health and non-lethal predator management. Trainees learn to appreciate predators and how to farm more effectively, sustainably and profitably – without impacting wildlife populations. To date, CCF has trained more than 15,000 farmers and through #UnitingForCheetahs, we will train 500 more.
Livestock guarding dogs
Livestock guarding dogs are CCF’s ‘paws on the ground’ partners in conservation and a farmers’ best friend. They use their imposing presence and loud bark to warn off predators, protecting livestock and reducing human-wildlife conflict – saving cheetahs and improving livelihoods. CCF currently has around 176 dogs working on farms but, with a 4-year waiting list, this is just a fraction of what is needed. Through #UnitingForCheetahs, we help meet the growing demand.
CCF’s integrated approach has proven to reduce livestock losses by 90% and incidences of human-wildlife conflict by up to 80% with long term support. By #UnitingForCheetahs, CCF can extend programming to newly identified hot spots, including eastern Namibia where conflict has reached crisis levels.