Donation amount: £64,000
Remembering Cheetahs' first donation went to the CCF's Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD) Programme, which is proven to reduce livestock losses to predators.
Studies show that farmers with an LGD are less likely to trap or shoot cheetahs.
CCF breeds Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs, which have been used to guard livestock for thousands of years in Turkey, to become LGDs. The pups are placed with Namibian farmers and bond with the herd or flock.
As they grow up, their size and loud bark help to scare predators away.
A second donation went to CCF's vital work in anti-cheetah club trafficking in Somaliland.
Donation amount: £18,000
The N/a'an ku se Foundation's vision is "an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together" and mitigating inevitable human-wildlife conflict is an area of crucial concern.
Since 2008, the N/a'an ku se Rapid Response Unit has been reacting to requests from farmers apprehensive about predators roaming their properties. The RRU acts as quickly as possible, endeavouring to alleviate landowners' concerns, while simultaneously preventing the unnecessary persecution of Namibia's carnivores and allowing the animals to retain their lives and freedom.
Since the RRU's inception, the persecution of carnivores captured on farmland has decreased by 80% and the donation from Remembering Cheetahs will help ensure the work continues.
Donation amount: £7,000
This donation will support the programme's long-term cheetah conservation efforts by funding a motorcycle used for research and anti-snaring activity and also playing for two GPS satellite collars.
ZCP's collaborative anti-snaring work in Zambia has been very successful but requires an intensive year-round effort to keep it going.
Pictured, above, is Remembering Wildlife founder Margot Raggett viewing collected snares in Zambia.
Donation amount: £11,500
Our donation will go to support the project's annual intensive monitoring surveys of cheetahs in the Maasai Mara.
The purpose of this survey is to research details of cheetah densities and distributions.
To successfully undertake the intensive monitoring surveys, the Mara Predator Conservation Programme relies on taking proper ID photos of individual cheetahs.
All cheetah sightings, and the effort put into finding them, is recorded on a custom application installed on tablet computers.
They also require functioning vehicles to drive around the Mara to find the cheetahs.
The donation will therefore be used to purchase camera equipment, tablet computers and fuel and maintenance for our monitoring vehicles so that they can complete this important task and obtain the vital information that it provides.
We are particularly delighted to be able to support this initiative and provide presence in the Mara at a time when there are so few visitors due to the pandemic.
Donation amount: £16,000
Botswana is one of the last cheetah strongholds, with approximately 28% of the 7,100 left in the wild. However, 80% live outside protected areas, often on agricultural land, which can lead to conflict with communities. Cheetah Conservation Botswana has been working alongside the government since 2003 to help facilitate coexistence between rural communities and carnivore species.
The donation will go towards CCB's research programme, which focuses on monitoring the cheetahs of the Western Kalahari landscape outside of protected areas.
This is a strategically important region for the conservation of the regional cheetah population as it is the heart of their range in Southern Africa. Through track surveys, camera trap surveys and satellite collars, the research programme provides essential information on their behaviours, movements, home ranges, land use preferences, role in human wildlife conflict and conservation needs.
Donation amount: £21,600
The Serengeti Cheetah Project (SCP), a joint project of the Zoological Society of London and Wildlife Conservation Society, is globally recognised for providing the critically important information needed for cheetah conservation.
Since 1974, SCP field biologists have kept continuous records of individual cheetahs living on the Serengeti plains, using each cheetah's unique spot patterns to track its life's journey from when it is first seen as a young cub. This painstaking, long-term research has provided vital information that underpins the conservation of the species. This research has gone hand-in-hand with training and inspiring Tanzanian scientists to become leaders and role models in cheetah conservation.
Over the last year, due to COVID-19, tourism to Tanzania has fallen by nearly 90%, resulting in a drastic drop in income to support wildlife protection. This donation will ensure that SCP staff are able to continue their work and keep watchover the Serengeti cheetahs at this critical time.
Donation amount: £7,000
The Cheetah Introduction Project is a collaboration between African Parks and the Endangered Wildlife Trust to reintroduce seven wild cheetahs into the area of Bangweulu, north-eastern Zambia.
This coalition will be the first in 56 years to roam to Bangweulu Plains and, in order to keep up the ongoing support of the local community, the project has decided to further involve them by employing two local community members to monitor the cheetahs.
This globally significant wetland is home to 50,000 people and serves as a living example for community-based conservation in Africa.
Prior to African Parks' involvement in the project, in 2008, Bangweulu had been subjected to continuous poaching of its larger mammal species, additionally illegal fishing and hunting had been disastrous for fish stocks and game meat, which the local population depends on.
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