Together in the race for survival of the cheetah

Wednesday, 2 December, 2015
 
Oasis Park Fuerteventura works supporting the proposal led by the nonprofit organization Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a world leader association in research and conservation of cheetahs whose objectives are research and conservate cheetahs in the wild.
 
Nowadays the vast majority of wild cheetahs are found outside protected areas, in areas where humans are living. Keep this magnificent animal away from extinction requires innovative conservation methods to ensure the welfare of both the cheetah as human populations. As all other species fighting extinction, the problem facied by the cheetah is complex and multifaceted. However, most of the reasons why the cheetah is endangered can be grouped into three categories:
 
1. The habitat is lost, fragmentated and degradated
2. Conflicts between humans and wildlife
3. The illegal trade of cheetahs
 
Cheetahs require large tracts of land, water and adequate sources of coverage for survival. When lands are wild are destroyed and fragmented by human expansion thus available habitat for Cheetahs is also destroyed. The capacity of the land charge (the charge is the number of animals that can support a space) is reduced, so their prey are reduced too.
 
Why cheetahs are not moved to national parks or wildlife reserves?
 
In these areas the cheetahs will not find a good place for the future because these areas typically contain larger predators such as lion, leopard and hyena, all competing for the same cheetah prey. They can kill them for being competitive.
 
In these areas the mortality of cheetah cubs is 90%. Therefore, approximately 90% of cheetahs in Africa live outside protected lands, looking for a home on private farmland and this is what leads to conflict with their human inhabitants.
 
Why cheetahs have conflicts with human populations?
 
When a cheetah threat to livestock farmers to be their only chance of survival, threatening the livelihoods of farmers. The farmer, of course, acts trying to protect its unique resources coming to shoot or trap cheetahs. As a result of the Cheetah is hunting an animal that has a higher visibility day by people other predators, and are therefore responsible for the deaths of cattle that often is not their responsibility but other cat species. This added with the fact that most cheetahs live on private agricultural lands, resulting in a high rate of persecution by the cheetah, so the conflict between humans and cheetahs is one of the leading causes of death.
 
How illegal trade influence in cheetahs?
 
Today there is a great demand of cheetahs as pets. To get this demand, being caught illegally in the wild and then are victims of smuggling in different parts of the world, where they face the capricious people who have paid into the illegal trade to have a cheetah in his possession.
 
For the smuggling of cheetah cubs survive captivated in nature only one in six young in the trip, so it always requires capturing more puppies than those needed.
 
CCF has developed a set of integrated programs that work to achieve this objective. Programs have developed with maximum efficiency trying to increase the population of wild cheetah in Namibia. 
 
Cheetah Conservation Fund has been recognized as the international center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems too, working with all who are interested in biodiversity to develop the best projects and practices in research, education and land use for the benefit of all species, including humans.
 
In Fuerteventura Oasis Park we make an important conservational work, trying to reproduce this species in captivity. The education department is fighting every day for all the public aware of the great loss that currently exists with our fauna.
 
How can you help this cause?
 
You can visit -- www.internationalcheetahday.org -- and discover the 10 steps that following them you will be able to contribute your bit, from sharing the image of the campaign for these precious felines to be able to sponsor one of the cheetahs that live in the reserve .
 
Thank you for helping in this important work for the conservation of wildlife action.