Cheetah Conservation Fund Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its Livestock Guarding Dog Program

Guest blog by CCF staff

2019 is the Year of the Livestock Guarding Dog

Over the past 25 years, the puppies raised on the Model Farm at Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) have become the Namibian small stock farmer’s best employees. They are also CCF’s most vital, ‘paws on the ground’ partner in cheetah conservation. Looking at the tiny newborn puppies, you may not see the traits that make them ideal Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGDs). When they grow up they will develop an imposing physical presence, fierce bark, and a loyal, protective nature. As trained adult LGDs they will function as a buffer between small stock like goats and sheep and the wildlife that live alongside rural farmland. Simply by traveling with livestock herds as they graze, LGDs act as deterrents to predation. In Namibia, they have reduced the livestock loss of the farmers from 70 to 100%, reducing the needs of the farmers to kill cheetah and other predators. Continue reading

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Africa’s Speedy Animals

Guest blog by Julie West, Wildlife Protection Solutions

The annual Running Wild fundraiser is a less than a month away, so get your running shoes ready for a fun run and good company! Proceeds will benefit Wildlife Protection Solutions and other wildlife organizations working to conserve threatened animals in Africa. Whether you run fast like a cheetah or slow like a tortoise, there’s a place for everyone at this community event. In the meantime, enjoy this primer on the running speeds of five African land animals these organizations help protect. Continue reading

Get to Know Cheetah Conservation Fund

Blog by CCF Staff 

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Today there are fewer than 7,500 cheetahs remaining in the wild. The species once
roamed freely from India, throughout the Middle East and across the continent of Africa. Due
to habitat loss, human/wildlife conflict and the illegal pet trade, cheetah populations have
become greatly reduced with fragmented pockets scattered across their former range.
Extinct in over 20 countries, the largest and most stabilized populations are concentrated in
southern Africa. Namibia, where Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) headquarters are
located, has the largest remaining population. Continue reading

The Magic Number

One of Big Life Foundation’s most important conservation programs is focused on predator protection. Recent estimates suggest that African lion populations have declined by about 50% in the last 20 years resulting in roughly 35,000 lions left in all of Africa. Big Life’s area of operation – the Greater Amboseli ecosystem – is particularly important for lions, hosting some of the largest remaining free-ranging lion populations and home to over 40% of Kenya’s lions. Continue reading

Spotlight: Wildlife Protection Solutions


Are you already signed up to race in Running Wild’s annual community event this June? If you support Running Wild, then you know that the fundraiser is a great way to spend a day with friends and family for a cause you care about: protecting endangered animals in Africa. But you might not know about the wildlife conservation organizations that benefit from your participation.

In 2019 Running Wild will partner for its fifth year with Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS), a Denver-based non-profit that uses technology to protect endangered species and ecosystems. WPS is among four beneficiaries that will receive a portion of the race proceeds for the work they do on behalf of African wildlife.  We’re excited to share their story and think you’ll be inspired to learn about their projects and the species they protect. Continue reading