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  • 14th of August 2014

Hi, I'm Sarah. The cheetahs adventure is in my case a happy coincidence: as a modern languages teacher, I have been contacted by Vicky to translate a text for CCF and, doing that small task, I was immediately intrigued by the subject. The intrigue made room for concern when I discovered that the precarious situation of cheetahs is principally due to a human mistake: miscommunication. The association doesn’t content itself with fixing the damage and pointing at the guilty: it fights for teaching, re-educating, communicating better with the different actors. It is a wonderful solidarity project, in which every link assumes a primary importance and is nothing without the others. We learn together, we build together. And I wanted to be a part of this “together”. 

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I'm Molly. At a young age, I developed a love for the beauty of Mother Nature.  Growing up in Kansas, U.S.A., I was fortunate enough to have a forest for my backyard and I seized every opportunity to go exploring amongst its many treasures. To this day, exploring the wild is still is a passion of mine. I love to travel, and I’m always up for an outdoor adventure, be it scuba-diving amongst sea turtles and sharks, or hiking in bear country. My story with CCF started in 2011 while working for U.N.E.S.C.O in Windhoek, Namibia. While living in Namibia, I had the privilege to meet biologists who worked for CCF Namibia and introduced me to the CCF’s work, and I also experienced first hand the incredible feeling of seeing a cheetah in the Namibian wilderness. I’ll never forget the grace and strength of the cheetah walking across the grassy plains, and it is that beauty that motivates me to work with CCF Belgium.

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  • 29th of July 2014

Hi, my name is Evelyne. I am an IT specialist, but my main interest in real life is the welfare of animals. I have been in love with cats for as long as I can remember. However, it was through TV that I got into contact with my favorite big cat: the Cheetah. Ever since I saw them I promised myself to do all I can to protect, help and love them. The first time I saw cheetahs in the wild was about 3 years ago in Tanzania. It was amazing! I was completely astonished by those spectacular yet fragile animals. It was the best day of my life... until next time I guess. Since this special moment I have been looking for a means to really care for cheetahs. Through CCF I am able to pursue this dream. I am now an active CCF Belgium member and together we can "Race for the Cheetah Survival".

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  • 23th of July 2014

We got some more news from Dhana, one of CCF Belgium’s members at CCF. She helped check the cheetahs for parasites. This is done by looking at the scat through a microscope.
To know which scat is from which cheetah, they mark their meat with, for example, corn or rice depending on the cheetah. The next day the scat is collected and analysed.

We hebben weer nieuws ontvangen van Dhana, lid van CCF Belgium. Ze heeft enkele van CCF’s cheetas nagekeken op parasieten. Dit doen ze door de mest te bekijken onder een microscoop.
Om te weten welke mest van welke cheeta is, merken ze hun vlees met bijvoorbeeld mais of rijst. De volgende dag wordt de mest verzameld en geanalyseerd.

Nous avons eu des nouvelles de Dhana, l'une des membres du CCF Belgium actuellement au CCF en Namibie. Elle a vérifié les parasites présents chez les guépards. Cela s'effectue en regardant les excréments de ces derniers à travers un microscope. 

Afin de savoir l'appartenance des excréments, CCF met dans leur viande des marqueurs, tel que le maïs ou le riz. Le lendemain, les excréments sont recueillies et analysés.

 

The marked meat
Het gemarkeerde vlees
La viande composée de marqueurs
McMaster analysis of the scat .Most of the dots visible through the microscope are air bubbles, this sample is negative.
McMaster analyse van de mest.Merendeel van de stipjes zichtbaar onder de microscoop zijn luchtbellen, dit staal is negatief.
Le McMaster, analyseur d'excréments. La pluparts des points visibles à travers le microscope représentent des bulles d'air. L'échantillon est négatif.
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Photographer: Dhana Leemans

Photographer: Dhana Leemans
  • 22nd of July 2014

New E-book available! No single cheetah is the same. Just like people, cheetahs have different looks and personalities, habits, backgrounds, ... This e-book puts a face on the cheetahs and provides you a deeper insight in the habitat and personalities of every cheetah sperately.  Download now your free copy by clicking on the butten below the picture of the e-book!  (Source: www.cheetah.org)

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Download Get to know a Cheetah e-book
  • 13th of July 2014 

Dhana, one of CCF Belgium’s members is working as an intern at CCF in Namibia. Yesterday she got the chance to go and watch the scat finding dog "Tiger" in action. Scat finding dogs are trained to find cheetah scat so that it can be collected.ed and analysed.

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  • 30th of June 2014

These puppies will play an important role in protecting their herds of livestock and ensuring Human-Wildlife Conflict between cheetahs and all other predators to decrease, thus increasing predator populations. Farmers no longer need to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock and their livelihood.
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  • Kickoff Event - 12th of June 2014

    The 12th of June, CCF Belgium  organized a kick-off event to celebrate the creation of the organisation. During this dinner event the guests have been informed about the critical situation of the cheetah, how CCF is playing a key role to save it from extinction and how CCF Belgium will be supporting to the CCF activities.

 

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