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7 brand new puppies to guard the herd and help save the cheetahs!

Posted by Bavo Van Roost on Jul 25, 2014 12:33:00 PM

On 23 July, Penda gave birth to seven healthy puppies; three girls and four boys. Penda is a Mongreltolian, which means she is a mix between an Anatolian Shepherd and a Mongrel. A large breed dog can be quite expensive to care for, so CCF has merged this mix to provide farmers with protection for their livestock, in turn protecting the cheetah and other predators, but to also allow the farmers to more efficiently take care of their dogs. The instinct to guard livestock is naturally in the Anatolian and Kangal breeds and these mongreltolians still prove to be just as effective. They have the need to work, the threatening bark, and the determination to protect their livestock. These seven puppies are bound to go to their new farmers and provide excellent protection for their future herd.

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How endangered is the cheetah really?

Posted by Bavo Van Roost on Jul 24, 2014 11:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of endangered animals in the world. In fact, it would be useful to understand what the definition is of 'endangered'. Are cheetahs really 'endangered'? And if they are 'endangered', does that mean that there are only a few left, or does that mean that the pace at which they become extinct is too fast? And what does 'too fast' really mean? As you can imagine, there’s quite some room for (mis)interpretation. Therefore I believe it is good to try to get some things straight.

 
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Why do animals like cheetahs become extinct

Posted by Bavo Van Roost on Jul 23, 2014 1:39:37 PM

While contributing to this noble project, I decided to dig a bit deeper into why it is that animals become extinct and why we hear this happening all the time.  Is it something that happens only recently? Is it occurring more often than before?  Is there something we can do to prevent it from happening? These kind of questions.

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