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As the lockdown has been eased a little in South Africa, the Cheetah Outreach Trust - an essential service due to its wildlife management, animal care and agricultural services links, needs to continue getting out to farmers who are experiencing predation losses to advise on ethical and responsible predation management options. We need your support to do this as we have to catch up on visits and to prevent farmers taking drastic action against predators including cheetah.
Not only benefiting cheetah
The Cheetah Outreach Trust uses camera traps to monitor and determine absence and presence of cheetah in the cheetah range in South Africa. Some of these camera traps have been setup on or close to farms where livestock guarding dogs have been deployed. These camera traps are a valuable tool for ongoing data collection and this information is collated and shared with other conservation partners including the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetahs & Wild Dogs and the South African Conservation Authorities.
Recently when downloading data from the memory cards in the camera traps, we were once again surprised what they revealed: the presence of not only cheetah, but also other predators including leopard, brown hyena, African wilddog and the elusive African wild cat as well as shy nocturnal animals such as aardvark. The farmers are in most cased inquisitive about the animals captured on the camera traps and these photos are creating a high level of cooperation and understanding within the farming community. As many of these camera traps are placed close to areas where livestock guarding dogs operate and guard livestock, the results are proving that predators don't move out of the area but rather avoid the livestock guarding dog and his livestock.