Fighting temptation, a hungry cheetah at an animal farm near Otavi 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.
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This cheetah is thinking inside the box

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Namibia – Fact Check This cheetah is thinking inside the box

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.

Jochem Wijnands
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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

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The cheetah is very susceptible to disease as the species has unusually low genetic variability. Research suggests that all of today’s cheetahs descend from a single ancestral pair that lived roughly 10,000 years ago. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Nikon D2x

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The cheetah is very susceptible to disease as the species has unusually low genetic variability. Research suggests that all of today’s cheetahs descend from a single ancestral pair that lived roughly 10,000 years ago.

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