Pop-Up Conservation Café March 16 – Leanne Elliott

March 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

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We were lucky to have Leanne Elliott do a Pop-Up Conservation Café for us during her holidays back home in Sydney. Leanne is a Conservationist with Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB).

Cheetah are very special big cats, as they are able to reach speeds up to 100 km/h in a matter of seconds. However, they are considered Africa’s most endangered cat because of habitat loss, low genetic variability and human-wildlife conflict. Leanne told us about some strategies CCB uses to mainly decrease the human-wildlife conflict. One of their programs, which got a lot of Oh’s and Ah’s from the audience, is the guard dog for cattle and sheep herds. These guard dogs protect the livestock from wildlife and through that enable a peaceful co-existence of wildlife and farmers. They also have a lot of programs to educate young children in the community about the importance of wildlife and how to minimise problems.

It was a great evening with Leanne and she brought some amazing pictures to show us! Thanks again, Leanne, for coming to our Conservation Café!