Project Peril Cheetah Recovery Fund
Report from the field: Saving Cheetahs in Tanzania
In early 2017, the Serengeti Cheetah Project team found a young cheetah lost from her family. This cheetah, named Suzana, was separated from her family when a tourist vehicle drove between them. She was still too young to be on her own, and there was concern for her safety. Luckily, Serengeti Cheetah Project was able to help Suzana join up with other cheetahs in the area. However, this type of harassment by tourists is all too common, and there have been other incidents which did not turn out so well, including where cubs have died.
Luckily, Project Peril has been instrumental in supporting the Serengeti Cheetah Project’s monitoring of cheetahs in tourism areas. Our support has helped them work with tourists and guides to stop cheetah harassment and engage guides and visitors to monitor. Together, we can help more cheetahs like Suzana for a stronger future for cheetahs in Serengeti and beyond!
Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus
The majestic cheetah is known for being the world’s fastest land animal, with speeds up to 75 mph. Yet they are now also known for being Africa’s most endangered cat. While cheetahs once ranged across almost the entire African continent and into Asia, today they are found in only 9% of their historic range. The decline in cheetah numbers is largely due to habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The vast majority of cheetah habitat is unprotected today, which means cheetahs often end up in rural communities where farmers and community members perceive them to be a threat and kill them. Additionally, cheetah cubs are increasingly stolen from their mothers and sold as exotic pets.
Photos @ Ken from MD, Mary Ack, Michael Moss
Our Projects (2017)
Habitat Loss in Kenya
Action of Cheetahs in Kenya is conducting teacher workshops and distributing student workbooks in order improve knowledge and attitudes towards cheetahs and other carnivores.
Habitat Loss in Tanzania
Serengeti Cheetah Project is monitoring of cheetahs in high use tourism areas, helping to enforce park rules against speeding and harassment and engaging tourists with conservation.
Human-Wildlife Conflict in Namibia
Cheetah Conservation Fund is working with farmers to introduce non-lethal conflict mitigation tools (i.e. collars, livestock guarding dogs) in order decrease and avoid predation losses, thus reducing conflict with the cheetah. With reduced conflict, farmers will not kill or remove as many cheetahs from the landscape.
Serengeti Cheetah Project (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has special significance for cheetah conservation, as it harbors part of the second largest population of cheetah remaining in the world. The Serengeti Cheetah Project, initiated in 1974, documents the individual lives of generation after generation of cheetah. This study has told us much of what we know today about the ecology and behavior of wild cheetah; information that continues to be critical for their conservation.
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the wild cheetah in Namibia. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990, CCF addresses the principle threats to the cheetah with a holistic approach encompassing education, outreach, livelihood development and habitat restoration programs based on its own research.
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) is a Kenya based research and community project with the mission to promote the conservation of cheetahs through research, awareness and community participation in Kenya. ACK works closely with local wildlife authorities and land holders to develop policies and programs which support wildlife conservation and human livelihoods for the long term development of sustainable human and wildlife zones.