The Cheetah Outreach Trust is a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the protection of the free-ranging cheetah. The work of the Cheetah Outreach Trust is focused in four key areas: environmental education, reduction of wildlife-human conflict through applied and effective in situ (field-based) strategies, advocacy for the elimination of illegal trade and research.
South Africa is home to approximately 500 free-ranging cheetahs which live outside of protected areas, roaming through farmlands and coming into conflict with landowners. Traditional (lethal) forms of predator control used by farmers have been random and unsuccessful at targeting problem animals, with many non-target species falling victim to traps and poison, while simultaneously failing to provide farmers with long term lasting relief from predation losses.
The primary in-situ conservation action delivered by Cheetah Outreach Trust is mitigation of farmer vs cheetah/predator conflict through the Livestock Guardian Dog Programme, established in 2005 with the specific aim of reducing predator-livestock conflict through the placement, training of the farmers and monitoring of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in free-ranging cheetah territory. Monitoring results show a high level of farmer satisfaction with an over 98% reduction in livestock loss. There is a full time livestock guarding dog programme co-ordinator presence both in Limpopo and North West Province, where two experienced employees of the Trust deliver workshops, monitor puppy placements, assist with cheetah/predator predation management advice and attend various conservation and agricultural meetings. It is this dedication to partnering with farmers and monitoring the livestock guardian dogs which is responsible for the high level of success achieved by the programme in reducing predation and increasing tolerance levels from the farming communities towards the presence of cheetah and other predators. Without these pro-active in-situ conservation activities implemented by the Cheetah Outreach Trust, South Africa would become a sink for the Southern African cheetah population which extends freely across the borders between South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
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