Follow the link below to watch our Executive Director, Rebecca Klein and Education and Public Relations Coordinator, Jane Horgan at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco in October, as they give full details on CCB's latest projects and achievements in their efforts to conserve the cheetah populations in Botswana. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVa1-_WJxJ0
December 4th is International Cheetah Day! This day marks the fifth anniversary of this special day designated to create awareness for the plight of the cheetah as Africa’s most endangered big cat. The global population of cheetahs is at a tipping point, with fewer than 7000 cheetahs left in the wild today. Botswana is home to about 2000 cheetahs making it one of the last strongholds for the species, and the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi districts hosts the country’s largest cheetah populations with the highest of cheetah conflict incidents taking place in the Ghanzi region. The younger generation plays a critical role in conservation of nature and the day aims to educate them about the species, its challenges and inspire all to get actively involved in conservation efforts to catalyse change. We spent the day celebrating International Cheetah Day early on the 30th November, under the theme: Racing against Extinction, with school kids from all over the Ghanzi District joining us for a fun sports and games day that celebrated some of the cheetahs best attributes - speed, strength and smarts. The students raced against each other while we paid tribute to cheetahs, which are racing against extinction. Thank you to Puma Ghanzi Highway Filling Station, Letaka Safaris, Haskins, Wilderness Safaris, Santuary, Clean All, Tlhokomela Trust, Liquid Giraffe Travel Services and Kwando Safaris as well as everyone who made it a great day and we hope you too will start recognising and celebrating this day going into the future and help this species win the race against survival.
Through a new partnership between CCB and the Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) CCB has been lucky enough to receive two (check this) litters of puppies from the BSPCA. These puppies have been rescued and placed in our livestock guarding dog (LGD) programme, where they receive veterinary care and training before being placed with farmers affected by conflict with cheetahs. The last group of puppies we received from BSPCA were placed to individual farmers around the Ghanzi area in October 2017. The dogs are reported to be working very effectively and the farmers are happy with their performances thus far. Thank you to the BSPCA - we are very excited by how these dogs are performing. They are at serving a great purpose, and we are very grateful for your support.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana by virtue of being a member of Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), walked hand in hand with other civil society organisations by participating in the BOCONGO NGO week on the 23rd – 27th October 2017 and the Annual Stakeholder Forum from the 13th – 15th November in Gaborone. Partners in development, ranging from government officials, the private and parastatal sectors, embassy representatives, civil society organisations and the media, attended these events. Both events presented opportunities for civil society representatives to come together and voice their everyday challenges, meet with potential donors as well as network with other similar groups. Many speakers noted that collaborations are very powerful to deliver results and as such, it is very important for all role players to meet, identify and build capacity, learn from others’ experiences and act together to catalyse change. These events allow NGOs to engage on issues ranging from unemployment and poverty, sustainable resource mobilization, human wildlife conflict and the sustainability of civil society organisations while creating a platform for all participants to network further while identifying areas of collaborations to drive the civil society forward. These forums are very important since civil society forms a huge chunk in developing their countries and having NGOs recognised as active players and partners in development alongside government goes a long way in helping inspire us to attain our goals and move the country forward.