As a NGO we rely heavily on donations and sponsorships, however the recent economic climate has affected the amount of funds people can afford to give. Therefore in 2009 the cheetah will need even more help from its friends all around the world. So please don't be shy about spreading the word about CCF to your friends and family, we will need as much help and support as possible.
Despite these difficult times everyone here at CCF is continuing to do their best and as always it's been a very busy 2 weeks. Firstly I have good news regarding the wild cheetah known as 'Marvellous Marvin'. As you may recall Marvin came to us in very poor condition, weighing only 37kg. One detail of Marvin's story I forgot to mention was that he came to us with a radio collar around his neck which had been placed there by Jorg Melzheimer, a researcher for the Cheetah Research Project and good friend of CCF. When we collected Marvin Jorg was notified and was very keen to collect him when he was fit and healthy so he could give him a new radio collar and release him back where he first trapped him. Well, after 3 weeks of receiving a 3kg piece of meat and 2 vitamin pills every day Marvin reached an impressive 51kgs and was therefore ready to be re-released. So on Wednesday the 10th that is exactly what happened. Marvin was first put under anaesthetic and underwent a work up which was attended by Jorg. We were able to ascertain his weight, take further blood and sperm samples and Jorg fitted Marvin with the brand new radio collar. Marvin was given some time to recover and was then taken by Jorge to be re-released and thanks to his radio collar and Jorg's research it will hopefully not be the last we hear of him.
Lizzie, our livestock guarding dog programme co-ordinator returned to CCF from her trip to the Mara Conservancy in
We are also currently running another of our farmer courses where farmers from all over
Finally, our number of resident cheetahs went from 50 to 48 as two of our females, Misty and Rosy, were relocated to the Namibrand Nature Reserve which my colleague Chris Gordon has published a blog about so please make sure you check that out to find out why this was done and how everything went.
Thanks for reading! Matt