Cheetah Conservation Fund
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (“CCF”) was founded in 1990 and is a global leader in research and the conservation of cheetahs. Their mission is to be the internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. The Cheetah is currently on the Red List as vulnerable species on the Union of Conservation of Nature’s list. Since the 1990’s the dwindling number of cheetahs has been revitalized through the Cheetah Conservation Fund from less than 3,000 to now over 3,500.
Grant #1 – May 2015
Empowers Africa made a grant to the Cheetah Conservation Foundation for their Livestock Guarding Dog Program, a program targeted at reducing the human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. Approximately 90 percent of all cheetahs live outside of protected areas and therefore amongst human populations. Namibia has many farmers and the loss of even one of their livestock can be a devastating for them.
Grant #2 – November 2016
Empowers Africa made a grant to the Cheetah Conservation Foundation for their general programs in Namibia.
CCF Livestock Guarding Dog Program
See below for pictures of CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program. This initiative is highly effective at reducing predation rates and thereby decreasing the incidence of the shooting and trapping of cheetahs. CCF has been placing dogs since 1994 and research shows this program has reduced the death of livestock from all predators by more than 80 percent and sometime by 100 per cent. Farmers adopt a dog and CCF teaches them how to train it and does follow up site visits to ensure the dogs have proper training, medical care and are settling into their guardian role. Farmers have enthusiastically embraced the program. CCF had placed nearly 500 dogs by the end of 2013.