URGENT APPEAL: Africa’s most endangered big cat

The cheetah, an icon of the African landscape, recognised and celebrated as the world’s fastest land mammal, is under huge threat. Having once roamed in numbers of more than 100,000, today, fewer than 7,500 wild cheetahs remain. We must act now or risk losing wild cheetahs forever.

Habitat destruction is pushing cheetah populations to the brink. Due to land developments and agricultural farming, cheetahs now only occupy 9% of their historic home range.

Not only is habitat loss pushing cheetahs to the brink, but it is pushing them closer to humans. As the cheetah’s home range gets smaller and smaller their ability to avoid humans is becoming more difficult – and in return, creating another risk to their survival.

They are the most endangered big cat in Africa.

Human-wildlife conflict

Human population growth, climate change and bush encroachment, have reduced cheetah habitat by more than 90% over the last 100 years, forcing the majority of cheetah populations onto unprotected farmland, alongside livestock and farmers. With limited natural prey, cheetahs often attack livestock which creates huge financial pressure for farmers and often causes them to retaliate by trapping or killing cheetahs. With wild cheetah populations so vulnerable, we must act now to safeguard as many wild cheetahs as we can.


This Christmas, will you help protect wild cheetahs from human conflict?

As a tool to mitigate the risk of human-wildlife conflict (HWC), CCF launched the livestock guarding dog (LGD) programme in 1994. The LGD programme breeds and trains guarding dogs at our model farm in Namibia, then places them with farmers in ‘hotspots’ of HWC. These special animals use their imposing presence and loud bark warn off predators, stopping farmers from trapping or shooting them in retaliation for killing their livestock. Our work doesn’t stop there – CCF also provides the farmer(s) training on predator friendly livestock management techniques and how to suitably care for their LGD. This initiative has already reduced livestock loss by over 90% in the areas that a LGD has been placed. But we need to do more – and we cannot do it alone.

A dog is not just for Christmas – it ensures a future for wild cheetahs.

This Christmas we are calling for support to help continue our vital LGD programme. This is one of CCF’s most successful initiatives and we now need your help to continue this invaluable work to mitigate HWC in hot spots where HWC is high.

Your donation, no matter how big or small, will provide vital funds to protecting Africa’s most endangered big cat. Here’s how your donation could help:

  • £10 will pay for food for one livestock guarding dog in the field for a week
  • £20 will vaccinate 5 livestock guarding dog puppies
  • £50 will pay for one days’ worth of food for our breeding livestock guarding dogs
  • £100 will provide vet care for 10 livestock guarding dogs for one year
  • £500 will fund one livestock guarding dog for one year

We know times are difficult, but please, if you can, give a gift and help continue our vital work to protect cheetahs.


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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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Name an LGD puppy!

A litter of future guarding dogs was born to April, one of our wonderful breeding dogs in late September.  Its hard to imagine that these adorable bundles turn into imposing livestock protectors, but they will soon be starting their LGD training, before venturing off into the community to support local farmers, and ultimately protect wild cheetahs.

Anyone who makes a donation to this campaign, before 31st January 2023, will be entered into a prize draw to name one of two puppies (two winners, each winner naming one puppy – one boy and one girl).

Other ways to support the future of wild cheetahs this Christmas

Regular support

Please consider supporting us by making a regular gift. Choosing to give a regular monthly donation, you will be helping us to plan ahead in terms of developing our livestock guarding dog’s programme. A regular gift allows us to plan because we know, day in day out, that we will have a steady income stream that we can rely upon. You can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to you; this can be claimed by CCF UK from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Please help us further by opting to gift aid your regular donation.

Sponsor a livestock guarding dog this Christmas

You can also choose to support us by sponsoring our livestock guarding dog programme. Find out more about this here.

By making a donation today, whatever the amount, you will help us expand our livestock guarding dog programme, reaching more farmers, reducing livestock losses in the hotspot areas of high human-wildlife conflict and ultimately reducing the killing of endangered cheetahs.


Support the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme

£
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Reclaim Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Cheetah Conservation Fund United Kingdom receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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Donation Total: £100.00 One Time