AWAMO also supports several Canine projects that in turn support Wildlife and endangered Species conservation overseas. AWAMO brought a guard dog in 2017 to support the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dogs are at the core of its efforts to address the human-wildlife conflict that threatens the cheetah. The Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs, raised and bred at CCF Namibia headquarters, are placed with Namibian farmers. The dogs protect livestock from cheetah attacks, barking loudly whenever they see a cheetah or predator, scaring the big cats away. Farmers no longer need to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock and their livelihood.
Most farmers report an 80% to 100% reduction in livestock kills by cheetahs and other predators. Since 1994, Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) has placed hundreds of livestock guarding dogs, with more and more puppies born every year. The puppies bond with their herds and protect the herds from predators. Most farmers with dogs from CCF report dramatic reductions of livestock losses due to cheetahs and other predators. In turn, this helps the farmers implement improved livestock management techniques and encourages the farmers to co-exist with cheetahs instead of removing cheetahs from farmland. Farmers are so eager to adopt puppies and use this livestock management technique, there is a long waiting list for dogs. Please become a conservation partner and assist in covering half or all of the annual costs in caring for and raising these working dogs. Each dog costs Cheetah Conservation Fund’s over $500 a year in care. These costs include food, vaccinations, new-owner support, veterinary care and long-term monitoring.