FCF grants $2,850 to Tsavo Cheetah ProjectThe FCF Board of Directors is proud to share news of their recent vote to approve a grant request of $2,850 to fund the vehicle running costs associated with the hiring of two additional cheetah scouts and the printing of a year’s supply of educational materials for schools and communities.
This is the second time the FCF has approved a grant request from Cherie Schroff, principal investigator of the Tsavo Cheetah Project. In 2015 the FCF approved a $2,400 grant request. FCF will be partnering with both the Felidae Conservation Fund and Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund in support of the Tsavo Cheetah Project.
Since late 2015, the Cheetah Scouts program has benefitted the project considerably by increasing ability to obtain credible, thorough information on locations of cheetah presence, instances of human-cheetah conflict and cases of retaliatory killing of cheetahs, while strengthening relationships with tribal elders, group ranches, and local communities. Cheetah scouts resolve conflict, provide education on the species and encouragement of ‘cheetah-friendly’ livestock for mutual benefit, and change perceptions of cheetahs and other local predators.
FCF Director Dr. Chris Tromborg, urged board members to approve funding his educational effort, stating, “As a teacher, I think it is important to educate the next generation. You can perform conservation all you want, but if you do not get the local people behind you, then the conservation effectiveness is reduced.”
Dr. Tromborg’s opinion is backed up by results. Since inception in 2014, evaluations by the Principle Investigator have demonstrated an exceptional increase in knowledge on the cheetah correlates with a decrease in human caused deaths of the species.
FCF members can be glad to know that our support for this project is making a difference. From December 2015 through June 2017, alone, this project has prevented the deaths of at least 25 individual cheetahs, including three sub-adults and four young cubs; a total of 17 cases of retaliation on cheetahs, due to both actual and perceived livestock loss incidents.