Also, invited to the event were stakeholders from the public sector, the village elders, Ghanzi Farmers Association members, villagers and CCB representatives. Different speakers of the day were all given the chance to share information with the crowd ranging from the history of the village, the challenges of human wildlife conflict, government initiatives that are in place to help communities improve their livelihoods, simple farming methods of non-lethal predator control and the progress of the mitigation project. Some of the 10 farmers were given the chance to share their farming experiences with predators before and after CCB intervention, and one farmer went to the extent of naming his dog CCB! The day was wrapped up with a tour of the 10 kraals by the guests of honour to see the goats and livestock guarding dogs and lunch was served.
The success of the pilot project once again showcases CCB’s commitment in not only preserving the cheetah, other predators and their habitats but also in working and supporting the farming communities improve their welfare through their farming activities. In turn, we are hoping that they can react positively to wildlife conservation and adapt to the use of non-lethal predator control methods towards the ultimate goal of coexistence. Only by working side by side with the affected communities can conservation succeed.