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Friday, 22 December 2006

Holiday Greetings from Namibia!

I just want to thank all of our Cheetah Family for your support this past year.

Over here we are in the middle of the Namibian summer and it is hot – dams are getting low, we need rain.

With the holidays upon us, we are all working on finishing up many projects before the year ends and many CCF staff are away for the holidays. With this we are finishing up data around out camera trapping census and are very excited with our preliminary findings.

Sadly, we lost one of our beautiful resident cheetahs, Elsie. But we had some happy events too: we had two litters of puppies, now at nearly eight weeks and they will be heading out to their new homes this week and just after Christmas.

We worked on a wild male cheetah last week and the farmer’s entire family came over to the CCF to help work him up and then after tagging the cheetah the farmer let us release the cheetah back on his farm. He was not having any problems with cheetahs towards his livestock – not sure why he had the trap open – but the grand daughters talked him into taking the trap away! Also, we have a film crew here and they were able to document this whole process. It was very nice.

All else is going on OK and we do hope for a Great 2007!


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