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Cheetah Conservation in Namibia

What will it take to safeguard the future of the endangered cheetah?

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

CCF's direct involvement with farmers as stakeholders has influenced their tolerance, attitudes, and perception of cheetahs.

Work with the Cheetah Conservation Fund to improve the odds for Namibia's threatened cheetah population.

Cheetahs can run 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour, yet they can't run away from habitat loss, a reduced gene pool, and conflicts with humans and their livestock. Namibia is home to the world's largest remaining cheetah population, with 90% of its cheetahs living on livestock farmlands where conflict with humans is the greatest threat.

The survival of the Namibian cheetah lies in the hands of about 1,000 commercial farmers, who generally view this predator as a threat to their livelihoods. In the 1980s, the Namibian cheetah population declined by half as farmers killed more than 6,000 animals; another 3,000 were killed in the 1990s.

Cheetah Conservation in Namibia

90% of Namibia's cheetahs live on livestock farmlands where conflict with humans is the greatest threat.

Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of CCF, has been collecting essential data on cheetah behavior and ecology and working with Namibia's farmers to change their attitudes toward cheetahs. CCF's direct involvement with farmers as stakeholders has influenced their tolerance, attitudes, and perception of cheetahs. In addition, the CCF education and training programs create general awareness of cheetah and environmental conservation. Finally, the partnerships and networks created among various stakeholders involved in conservation have facilitated information-sharing, decision-making, and a collective conservation effort.

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Otjiwarongo, Namibia, Africa

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Laurie
Marker
Founding Director, Cheetah Conservation Fund

ABOUT Laurie Marker

Dr. Laurie Marker is a pioneer in cheetah research who strives to help restore the dwindling cheetah population.

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