One of the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s most successful programs to help save the wild cheetah is the Kangal/Anatolian Shepherd Livestock Guarding Dog program.
These special dogs, raised and bred at CCF Namibia headquarters, are given free to Namibian farmers. The dogs protect livestock from cheetah attacks, barking loudly whenever they see a cheetah or predator, scaring the big cats away. Farmers no longer need to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock and their livelihood.
How successful has the program been? Very. Most farmers report an 80% to 100% reduction in livestock kills by cheetahs and other predators.
Since 1994, CCF has placed over 450 livestock guarding dogs, with more and more puppies born every year. The puppies bond with their herds and protect the herds from predators. Most farmers with dogs from CCF report dramatic reductions of livestock losses due to cheetahs and other predators. In turn, this helps the farmers implement improved livestock management techniques and encourages the farmers to co-exist with cheetahs instead of removing cheetahs from farmland.
Farmers are so eager to adopt puppies and use this livestock management technique, there is a long waiting list for dogs. Please become a conservation partner and assist in covering half or all of the annual costs in caring for and raising these working dogs. Each dog costs CCF over $500 a year in care. These costs include food, vaccinations, new-owner support, veterinary care and long-term monitoring. Your donation will also support training programs for the farmers. Donations at any level also contribute to the continued observation and care of Guarding Dogs after they have been placed on livestock farms.
When you sponsor a dog you will receive a link to a page where you can download a personalized sponsorship certificate.
Thanks so much for your support of this critical program!