Every now and then though, we are completely blown away by the efforts people make to help us to carry out our mandate of protecting the Kalahari’s cheetahs. This is Gio – he is 9 years old. Gio raised an amazing €1421 for CCB by cycling 15 kilometers around his local safari park — Safaripark Beekse Bergen — where he enlisted the help of zoo staff and local celebrities to ride with him to help him raise funds to help protect cheetahs in the wild. Even the cheetahs at the Safari Park ran alongside him in their enclosure in a show of support! The money Gio raised will pay for a satellite tracking collar which will be placed on a cheetah early in 2021 to help mitigate human-wildlife conflict. We will send the GPS points of the cheetah to farmers in the area so that they can adapt their livestock management to minimise conflict and to promote coexistence between farmers and cheetahs. We will also send the GPS points to Gio and his family so they can keep track of their very special cheetah.
Thank you Gio and to everyone who supported his fundraising efforts! Gio — you are such an inspiration for everyone across the world who wants to do their part for conservation but is not sure where to start. One person can really make a difference and you have certainly shown that. Thank you!!