Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dogs
Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF’s) Livestock Guarding Dogs are at the core of its efforts to address the human-wildlife conflict that threatens the cheetah. The Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs, raised and bred at CCF Namibia headquarters, are placed with 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 hundreds of 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.
Thanks to your support of Triple T Studios, The Tiniest Tiger community is once again the proud sponsor of a livestock guarding dog. Our sponsorship covers the annual costs of caring for and raising the working dog. These costs include food, vaccinations, new-owner support, veterinary care and long-term monitoring. Our donation will also support training programs for the farmers.
Thank you for caring for all cats big and small. Fashion with a Passion®