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For the past 26 years CCF has worked to secure the cheetah population in Namibia, with the awareness that saving the species means our work must extend past Namibia’s borders. We began our collaborations in Kenya 15 years ago and Angola six years ago. Your support has enabled us to secure more territory for the cheetah in the wild, and CCF needs your help again.
During 2016, CCF's efforts have increased on bolstering our conservation partnerships in Kenya and Angola, two countries with populations of cheetahs facing different conservation challenges.
Kenya is one of the strongholds for cheetah populations in spite of the problems they face with habitat loss, human/wildlife conflict and the illegal pet trade. In January of this year, Kenya was the location chosen for the Pathways Conference, a yearly gathering and training program for scientists, researchers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), focusing on human/wildlife coexistence. I joined representatives from our partner organization, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, in attending this informative conference. We were able to meet with representatives from international organizations as well as members of the parliament in Kenya, who were eager to become engaged in cheetah conservation.
CCF is currently engaged in ongoing studies focused on building a better understanding of the cheetah population in Angola. Prior to my research expedition in 2010, it was widely believed that the thirty-year civil war had wiped out most of the wildlife in Angola including the wild cheetah population. After a three-day survey, we discovered evidence of cheetahs living in Iona National Park. Since that expedition we have been supporting capacity building and conservation research initiatives to assist government and conservation biologists working in Angola, among 15 other cheetah range countries.
A donation will help ensure that CCF continues to expand its efforts to bring CCF’s proven conservation strategies to other cheetah range countries. By focusing our efforts on restoring ecosystems so that humans and cheetahs can live in harmony side-by-side, and building our scientific understanding of cheetah populations, we will save the species.