A Year of Successes and Setbacks
Perhaps nothing better illustrates the up-and-down life of species conservation than the day we released four long-time captive female cheetahs into our very large Bellebenno game camp. The camp, which contains an abundance of cheetah’s natural prey, is a safe place where these females could learn to hunt. If they were successful, they could be returned to the wild, as the NamibRand boys were in early 2009. To return a captive cheetah to the wild—long thought impossible—is a huge boost to our morale (and a $5,000-a-year savings), but we had no time to celebrate:
That same day we received four very young orphaned cubs (top left photo), scared, filthy and underweight. Once again the CCF staff went to work, and the top right photo shows how they blossomed into healthy, seemingly content cubs. But the fencing in the background is a reminder that, because they were orphaned so young, they may need to remain at CCF their entire lives.
Working to save a species is often a two-steps-forward, one-step-back process.
At CCF we remain determined to continue our march until the cheetah as a species is safe. Despite CCF’s 20 years of work, much remains to be done. We rely on you, as part of our army of supporters, to keep us moving in the right direction.
As 2010 draws to a close, we hope you will help us once again by contributing to our $200,000 matching challenge. All donations up to $200,000 will be matched dollar for dollar, through December 31. Your donation is tax-deductible.*
Please DONATE TODAY to help us return more captive cheetahs to the wild to grow up free.