Cheetah Conservation Botswanda
CHEETAH CONSERVATION BOTSWANA aims to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and education, working with rural communities to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of predator species.
Rural communities are almost completely dependent upon livestock farming for their livelihoods. The common perception that predators have a significant impact upon rural welfare can lead to indiscriminate retaliatory killings. Wildlife/human conflict has had a devastating impact throughout the world and it is an issue largely responsible for the loss of 90% of the cheetah population(around 90,000 individual cats)in the course of just a single century. The 10,000+ wild cheetah population in Africa today.
The project was formed in 2003 to address the threat to the nation’s cheetah population. The major challenge for the project, funded by grant aid and donor support, is one of improving community perceptions towards predators and ensuring that retaliatory killings do not continue to threaten cheetah numbers, while, at the same time, supporting and protecting rural community welfare.