Fighting temptation, a hungry cheetah at an animal farm near Otavi, a small town in Central Namibia, paces back and forth in front of the fence, keeping its eyes locked on the goats standing just out of reach.
Some 80 per cent of cheetah territory in Namibia is occupied and fenced off by large farms, which in a nutshell explains why there is a conflict between men and animal.
It’s a complex issue. Many farmers will shoot the animals in the wild, accusing them of preying on livestock. Defenders point out that they will take down mainly the old and infirm, helping to improve the stock. And shooting an animal frees up its territory for other, younger and more aggressive, males to move in – meaning any problem may well grow worse.
Shooting an animal just frees up its territory
One of the jobs of sanctuaries, such as Africat and the CCF, is to go out and spread the word, helping to educate farmers in the advantages of preserving the balance of nature.
More information: Cheetah Conservation Fund