Cheetah Outreach needs your help in mitigating human-predator conflict.
Human-predator conflict is a worldwide problem for livestock farmers. Here in South Africa, with a diverse wildlife population and threats to the survival of several species like the cheetah and leopard, non-lethal predator control methods need to be implemented. This is where the Cheetah Outreach Trust comes in and places Anatolian livestock guarding dogs on farms. This model has, over the last 14 years proved very effective, however sometimes traditional methods of predator control (such as shooting, trapping and poisoning) remain commonplace. For this reason, we offer farmers the placement of Anatolian guarding dogs at no cost to them for the first year. Since 2005, we have successfully placed 310 guarding dogs, with 100% reductions in loss of livestock being recorded on 91% of farms (with the remaining farms reporting 98% reductions in their stock-loss). [Rust el al., 2013]
Cheetah Outreach Trust needs support in order to place more dogs, as it costs us, on average, R14 810.00 per dog for the first year of placement.
In order to ensure continued farmer recruitment, during the first year of placement, Cheetah Outreach provides each new farmer with their livestock guarding dog at, and covers all the necessary food and husbandry costs. This includes tick, flea and de-worming treatments, sterilization, micro-chipping, vaccinations and any unforeseen veterinary costs. After a year of placement, farmers then assume responsibility for their livestock guarding dog and its ongoing care. Many of the farms where dogs have been placed have proceeded to acquire more dogs for their flocks or herds.
Please donate now to help us expand this program, in order to save the cheetah and fellow predators, and help South African farmers avoid costly losses of livestock.
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