Global estimates indicate that cheetah numbers have decreased from 100 000 in 1900 to as low as 12 000 in 1995. Due to a loss of habitat on account of rising human populations, the wild cheetah populations are jeopardised by:
· a decline in the abundance of prey
· the conversion of land to agriculture, game and livestock farming
· conflict with game farming and livestock farming interests
· Through dwindling numbers even the genetic variety of the cheetah have shrunk.
The largest population in the wild is found in Namibia, primarily on commercial livestock farmlands, and is estimated at 2000 to 3000 animals. Therefore , we as the Conservancy saw the need to live with the cheetah, as it is part of the ecosystem in our country.
The Sandveld area is an ideal territory for the cheetah: Wide open plains,
abundance of wildlife, large numbers of trees that can be used as play trees,
the numerous aardwolf holes to give birth and shelter the young ones. The
cheetah in our conservancy is not hindered by ever-growing numbers of game
proof fences. It can roam, hunt and move freely on the approximately
100 000 ha of the Sandveld Conservancy.
To assure the cheetahs survival in our conservancy, we closely work together with the CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund), whose aim is to help the farmers with their predator management and to understand the uniqueness of the cheetah on their Namibian farmlands.
One of the Conservancy's members was appointed Cheetah Conservationist of the year 2002 for farming with both livestock and game, but accepting and caring for the cheetah as a natural component of a healthy ecosystem.
True to our own mission together we conserve more our conservancy
awarded Laurie Marker of CCF with a certificate of honour , acknowledging
Lauries work in the field of cheetah conservation, and because we
We can live together!