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Namibia is one of the few countries where cheetahs still live. To protect them, shepherds should be encouraged not to kill them when they attack their flocks. For this, a sanctuary found an idea: raising shepherd dogs.
Au Cheetah Conservation Fond, un huge sanctuary of 800 hectares, just north of Namibia, about thirty survivors are slowly waking up. When Leah Petersen, the head of the cheetahs, back in the pen, the cheetahs know it’s time to eat, and do some sports. Keeping them fit is essential. Veterinarians and caregivers like Leah try to give them a peaceful life, away from the abuse they have suffered before.
These cheetahs are survivors of their species: eIn one century, the cheetah population has declined by 90%. In 1900, there were more than 100,000 in the world. Today, there are about 7,000 left, half of them in Namibia. “corpse cheetahs are in great danger, I think. The problem here is the farmers who can’t live with them, so they kill them“, explains Léa Petersen.
To avoid this situation, the sanctuary has set up a single program: Anatolian shepherds protect herds of goats and sheep from cheetah attacks. The latter are in fact afraid of dogs, and avoid them.