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Working together to make space for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs

Of all the large carnivores of Africa, cheetahs and African wild dogs need the most lots of space. In recognition of this, the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African...

Of all the large carnivores of Africa, cheetahs and African wild dogs need the most lots of space. In recognition of this, the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs works together with all sectors of society, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations, across Africa, to develop and implement frameworks under which all stakeholders can work together to ensure the survival of these iconic species.

Use this website to learn about recent and current conservation initiatives for cheetah and African wild dogs and to download resource materials including Regional Conservation Strategies; National Conservation Action Plans; and current distribution maps.

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The Vision

The Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs was initiated in 2007. It was conceived by Dr Sarah Durant and Prof Rosie Woodroffe, who realised that, because cheetah and African wild dogs range so widely, their survival required coordinated conservation action on a massive scale rarely seen in terrestrial conservation. The program depends on coordinated frameworks for conservation action, including, to date, three Regional Conservation Strategies and 17 National Conservation Action Plans, which encompass >90% of known cheetah range and >85% of known wild dog range. These conservation frameworks have three separate, but compatible, visions:

Southern Africa: To secure viable cheetah and wild dog populations across a range of ecosystems, that successfully coexist with, and are valued by, the people of southern Africa

East Africa: To secure viable and ecologically functional cheetah and wild dog populations as valued components of development in eastern Africa

North West Central Africa: A West, Central and North Africa with restored populations of cheetah and wild dog, achieved through managing its biodiversity and natural resources in a sustainable and concerted manner for human well-being

Regional Conversational Strategies & National Plans

Regional Conservation Strategies have been completed for three regions and National Action Plans developed for 14 countries. Click on the map to the right, or the links below to access the plans.

Strategies & Action Plans

Southern Africa East Africa North, West, & Central Africa

Threats To Their Survival

The survival of cheetah and African wild dogs is threatened in a number of ways.

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The Range Wide Conservation Program is a joint initiative of the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society, endorsed by the IUCN Cat and Canid Specialist Groups and funded mainly by the Howard G Buffet Foundation, through the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative. Many other organisations have supported or funded various aspects of the program.

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