As one of the most immediately recognisable animals in the world, the Cheetah stirs up images of wide, open savannahs with the powerful big cat racing across them in hunt of their prey. This often dramatic scene is the reason as to why cheetah conservation is needed, as without it this incredible animal’s numbers will continue to drop.
Here at The Great Projects we offer Cheetah Conservation trips and they are the perfect chance for you to get involved and play your part in saving one of the most well-known animals in the world. Visit Africa and become our next cheetah conservation volunteer, and you will get the chance to really make a difference to the lives of these big cats.
In 1975 cheetah numbers were at an estimated 14,000 when a thorough survey was completed regarding the number of these fearsome predators left in the African continent. However, that number has dropped rapidly and today it stands at just 7,100 which is an almost 50% drop in just 32 years. This rate is incredibly unsustainable and it is predicted that their numbers may decline by up to 53% in the next 15 years if change is not implemented soon. You can be part of this change, and if you choose to take part in cheetah conservation in Namibia or anywhere else, you will be helping to make a difference.
The biggest threat facing the cheetah is the fact that it has been driven out of a huge 91% of its historic range, and this has put increasing pressure on the big cat. When they are forced into smaller pockets of land it is not only their hunting that suffers (due to an increase in competition), but they have a much higher tenancy to run into humans and when this happens it very rarely ends well for the Cheetah. Farmers think that Cheetahs pose a threat to their livestock and as a result livelihood, and they will often shoot on sight to dispose of what they see as a problem. Fortunately, places like the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary are playing their part in helping to prevent these issues from taking place, and by becoming a volunteer here you can help to aid cheetah conservation efforts.