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