This year, we held our year end planning meeting in Ghanzi from 17-18 December. We were joined by 2 great supporters, Manel and Olga from Spain, who are project managers by profession and have volunteered to assist CCB with their annual planning process. It has been very beneficial and we hope to continue striving to improve every year. The staff end of year party was held afterwards at Thakadu restaurant in Ghanzi and we had fun through the night. The CCB office will be closed from the 20th December 2013 and reopens on the 6th January 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our national and international supporters. It is through your support that we are continuing to make way for the fastest cat on earth. Best wishes for the coming year! We hope you will consider supporting us and help to make this world a better place for conservation!
The CCB Livestock Guarding Dog Program is our flagship initiative to ensure that cheetahs will be able to thrive in Botswana. $5,000 will fund the costs of the medical treatment, vaccination, and sterilization of 15 livestock guarding dogs for one year. Please consider donating today! A donation would make a wonderful holiday gift in a loved one's honor! Our campaign is being run on LoveAnimals.org. Please visit the link below for details!
All farmers in the Kacgae study have been using their livestock guarding dogs for one full year now and only one dog has had to be returned to CCB. However, the fortnightly monitoring observations show that while most farmers have been vigilant in the management of their dogs, not all farmers have been implementing the kraaling practices as agreed. We will continue to monitor the project until 2015 and ensure that the dogs receive the best care from the farmers. It will be interesting to see how the conflict levels will vary depending on the different farmers application of the techniques. This pilot study continues to provide CCB with important experiences to develop our support and approach to community conflict mitigation.
Five livestock guarding dog (LSGD) puppies are going through training with our herd. The puppies were recently sterilised and will soon be given to local farmers. CCB has given out eight trained puppies to local farmers in 2013. Out of the eight, only one dog is reported not to be performing well and staying with the herd. On closer investigation is was discovered that the dog had bonded with the herder instead of the herd and refuses to go out with the herd if the herder is not there. It is very important that human contact is kept to a minimum to prevent this happening. Livestock guarding dogs are working dogs and cannot be pets too! This month at our own demo farm, dipping, vaccinating and deworming have taken place with our goats and dogs to prevent them from diseases and ticks. Good health care is essential for a successful livestock operation.