Saving the Cheetah – A Presentation by Deon Cilliers, Manager of the Cheetah Outreach Livestock Guarding Dog Project in South Africa

 

Animal Ark, in conjunction with Northern Nevada SCORE, is proud to to sponsor this fascinating presentation. Deon will share his incredible work to save the cheetah through the guarding dog project in regions throughout South Africa.  This presentation will be held at the Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair Street, Reno, Nevada, on November 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

The fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival. At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 7100 of these majestic cats left in the wild.

Deon Cilliers is the Project Manager of the Cheetah Outreach Livestock Guarding Dog Project and has worked with the farming community in the cheetah range in South Africa for more than 25 years. The Livestock Guarding Dog project of Cheetah Outreach has placed over 250 Livestock Guarding Dogs since 2005 and these placements have reduced predation levels to livestock in the cheetah range between 97 – 100%. This in turn has changed the perception of farmers towards predators such as the cheetah to being much more tolerant. Close to 350,000 hectares (864,868 acres) have been secured for cheetah conservation on farmland in South Africa with the placement of the livestock guarding dogs.

For more information please contact Aaron or Diana Hiibel at Animal Ark 1-5-970-3431 or email at info@animalark.org.