ABOUT CHEETAH CONSERVATION BOTSWANA
Cheetah Conservation Botswana aims to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and environmental education, working with rural communities to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of carnivore species.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB)
Botswana hosts the world’s largest population of cheetahs, with an estimated population of approximately 1,700 individuals. This accounts for approximately 25% of the world’s remaining wild cheetahs and between us and our neighbors Namibia, we have almost half of the world's cheetahs. Due to Botswana's location in the centre of southern Africa, this population is also crucial to facilitate connectivity between the remaining populations of Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola.
Because of their wide-ranging natures, animals like the cheetah and the African wild dog need large areas to survive. As a result, protected areas cannot be solely relied upon maintain populations of these species, and the conservation of these animals requires concerted efforts in land use planning on a large scale, and conservation efforts in agricultural areas where conflict with farmers arises. The problems of habitat loss, population fragmentation and human encroachment on wild areas are bringing human-wildlife conflict into the forefront of conservation for many species, but it is particularly crucial to cheetah survival. These factors, in combination with the threat from poaching and declines in prey species availability, are the focus behind CCB's conservation strategy.