Panthera works in multiple sites across Africa to secure safe habitats for the cheetah across its broad range.
In 2014, Panthera launched a new range-wide cheetah program based in Zambia’s 66,000 km2 Greater Kafue Ecosystem. Our scientists are currently working to identify cheetah population sizes, corridors connecting these populations and the gravest threats facing the species. Panthera is also supporting and expanding existing anti-poaching initiatives, implementing site-specific interventions to mitigate conflict with local people, and researching the impact of the bushmeat trade on cheetahs. These activities will soon expand into the vast Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, home to the largest population of wild cheetahs in southern Africa.
In addition, Panthera has supported cheetah surveys in Angola, Benin, and Tanzania, and is currently working with partners in Mozambique and Zimbabwe to survey cheetahs and approach governments to implement initiatives that will help conserve cheetahs. In Zimbabwe, this will include reducing pressures from bushmeat poaching and reducing quotas set to legally hunt cheetah. In Mozambique, bushmeat poaching represents a major threat to cheetahs, and intensive surveys are now being followed up with mitigation measures.