Founded in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)’s mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. As Namibia has the largest and healthiest population of cheetahs left in the world, CCF’s International Research and Education Centre is based in Namibia, near Otjiwarongo.
CCF believes that understanding the cheetah’s biology and ecology is essential to stabilize the population and to manage its sustainability for the future. To save the wild cheetah is a three-pronged process:
- Research: Long-term studies are conducted to understand and monitor the factors affecting the cheetah’s survival;
- Conservation: Results of these studies are used to develop conservation policies and programmes to sustain its populations; and
- Education: CCF actively works with local, national and international communities to raise awareness, communicate, educate and train.
CCF is a proactive organization that finds practical solutions to help people to help the cheetah and this is reflected in their vision statement: We see a world in which cheetahs live and flourish in co-existence with people and the environment. Since 1990, CCF has re-wilded close to 50 cheetahs, re-introduced 600 cheetahs back into a more accommodating habitat, and given over 500 livestock-guarding dogs to farmers resulting in an 80% reduction in predation rate. CCF continuously provides care and shelter for cheetahs which have become orphaned or have been injured, and which are no longer able to survive in the wild. Working with community partners, CCF is also restoring habitat by harvesting the thorn-bush and is helping local communities develop new sources of revenue, including tourism, bio-fuels and dairy production.
Did you know:
- There were over 100,000 cheetahs in 1900 across 44 countries; today there are as few as 10,000 in about 23 countries
- Cheetahs are now extinct in 20+ countries and are on the endangered species listing of the IUCN
- Namibia has the largest single country population of cheetahs, with up to 4,000 cheetahs.
Do you want to discover more about cheetah and CCF? Visit the CCF website