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CCF UK: helping to save the most threatened big cat in Africa

Dear <<First Name>>

Like you, we believe cheetahs are truly one of the most iconic cats of the African savannah. However, their home ranges used to extend far beyond this continent, so when news broke in September of confirmed sightings of 19 wild cheetahs in Iran, we were overjoyed at this discovery. This fragile population of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah is a testimony to how if wildlife is given the space and chance to survive, it will find a way.  The explosive growth in human population, particularly in Africa, will continue to threaten the cheetah's survival unless we have the right protection, programmes and initiatives in place to counteract these pressures.

Encouragingly, CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) and the CMS (Convention on Migratory Species) recently announced they have joined forces to bring greater protection to lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs in their new African Carnivores Initiative. It's another promising step forward.

You too can help the cheetah by showing your support as CCF celebrates International Cheetah Day on 4th December.  The dedicated website offers images to download and use on social media and tweets to share. And if you're looking for suggestions on how to mark this special day, there's a wealth of ideas and facts about cheetahs to inspire you. (www.internationalcheetahday.com)

In this latest edition of Cheetah Tails, we aim to update you on the activities happening here in the UK and across our global CCF organisation, sharing how your fantastic support is helping to secure a better future for wild cheetah across Africa.

Special thanks too to our cheetah friends Mike Gilburt, Judy Fisk and Max Henshaw whose collective determination and commitment to raising funds for CCF UK is truly inspirational.

Finally, as the festive season is nearly upon us we would like to say thank you once again for everything that you do in support of the cheetah. Whether it's raising awareness through social media, participating in an event, adopting a cheetah or making a donation; every effort makes a difference and we value each and every contribution. 

Don't forget, if there is a topic you'd like us to cover in our updates, or there is something you'd like to know more about please let us know and we'll do our best to keep you informed. 

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 


Dr Jane Galton & Maggie De Pree
Co-Chairs CCF UK Trustees

CCF's International Royal Patron celebrates the launch of 'A Cheetah's Tale'
Over 400 guests joined Princess Michael of Kent as she celebrated the launch of her new book, A Cheetah's Tale at the Royal Geographical Society. CCF's International Royal Patron shared extracts from her book and spoke very knowledgeably about the threats facing the survival of the cheetah today. She also highlighted some of CCF’s programmes that aim to counter these threats, referring to our founder - Dr Laurie Marker - who also attended the evening.  Congratulations too to Morgan Toner and her guest who won the competition to attend the evening's celebrations. Read more... 
International Cheetah Day - 4th December, 2017
Remember to celebrate International Cheetah Day with your family, friends and colleagues on 4th December. Zoos and schools around the world will be hosting cheetah awareness events. If you decide to host your own event, register it at www.internationalcheetahday.com. Or, you can show your support by purchasing one of CCF UK's limited edition sweatshirts or t-shirts in the online store, or make a donation or text 70070 with CCFX01 £10 in your message to donate £10 to CCF UK and make a difference today  Read more...
Thank you for supporting the Chewbaaka Challenge!
Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to August's Chewbaaka Challenge which saw any donation given that month match-funded by generous US donors.

In total, CCF raised over £338,000!  These vital funds will be used to help further CCF's programmes in Namibia, such as reducing the waiting list for farmers who are keen to be part of the Livestock Guarding Dog Programme. 
These specially trained Anatolian Shepherd dogs live with the farmer's livestock, protecting the goats or cattle from any predators. Farmers who have joined this programme have reported an 80% reduction in the loss of livestock but more importantly, this means a reduction in the number of cheetahs shot and the number of cub orphans seen as a result. With such promising results, the programme is currently being expanded in northern Namibia with plans to roll-out to other cheetah range countries.
Working with CITES to protect the Cheetah
Cheetah Conservation Fund's proven range of integrated programmes that address both the threats to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem are recognised at the highest level. This allows CCF to actively engage with government bodies such as CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) to advise and ensure the protection and future of the cheetah remains firmly on their agenda. Here is the latest update on the progress made on key decisions from last year's CITES CoP17 meeting. Read more ...
Want to help CCF? Why not become a Citizen Scientist?
Imagine 40 camera traps taking images, 24 hours a day, seven days a week then imagine the volume of images that will then need reviewing. Identifying the animals that are captured in each image is vital, but with over a million images to review CCF would welcome your help as part of a new citizen science project.

Namibia has approximately 25% of the world's remaining wild cheetah population, and over 90% of those occupy ranges outside of the protection of national parks. So the more information CCF has about their ideal habitat, the better our organisation can help to ensure they have the right environment in order to survive and avoid human-wildlife conflict. 

All you have to do is sign up and register. The site has a simple tutorial to guide you through how to identify animals and submit your findings. Read more...
CCF launches comprehensive book on Cheetahs 
After over three years’ worth of work, bringing together a network of cheetah researchers and conservationists from her lifetime in the field of conservation, Dr Laurie Marker is very excited to bring forth the most comprehensive book on cheetah conservation. Cheetahs – Biology and Conservation Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. 
 
Cheetahs, Biology and Conservation reports on the science and conservation of the cheetah. The 500 page volume includes a broad range of topics, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of cheetah research and conservation efforts. 
 
Cheetahs, Biology and Conservation is available to pre-order now directly from CCF or via online retailers.
CCF UK's Cheetah Champion Max walks 20 miles for cheetah!
Some of our regular readers may remember Max Henshaw, our Cheetah Champion from earlier this year. Max is autistic and finds many aspects of everyday life that you and I take for granted simply overwhelming. Despite these obstacles he set himself the challenge of conquering Walk4Wildlife's night walk in the New Forest to raise funds for CCF UK and on 28th October he successfully completed his challenge, raising £1190 for cheetahs - congratulations Max! Read more...
Mike and Judy conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for CCF UK!
We never cease to be amazed at the dedication and commitment of our cheetah friends and Mike Gilburt and Judy Fisk are certainly no exception when in September they successfully conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in under 12 hours.  These peaks form part of the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Not only did Mike and Judy traverse the 24 miles in record time, they also raised £1,571 for CCF UK! We truly cannot thank them enough and, should they ever decide to visit our HQ in Namibia, our team there would love to show them how their hard-earned sponsorship creates a better life and future for the cheetah.
Orphaned Savanna has wild cubs of her own in Erindi!
CCF has more great news to share with you. Savanna, one of three cheetah orphans released in 2013 into Namibia's Erindi Private Game Reserve has had cubs of her own! Like all wild cheetah cubs they have an uncertain future ahead of them, however, thanks to your support CCF is able to monitor them and help Savanna if she needs it.

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