CCF has a very innovative Livestock Guarding Dog Program which helps protect cheetahs and fosters good relationships between CCF and farmers. Here at the center, we are breeding Anatolian Shepherds. These cute little puppies grow up to be very big and have a big bark. When the dog is placed with a herd of small livestock (goats and sheep), it keeps predators like cheetahs and leopards away. This way the farmer can be confident that his livestock is safe and therefore is not inclined to shoot a cheetah.
Lucky me, 7 new puppies were born on my birthday this past week to new mom, Heidi. She’ll take good care of her puppies until they are in their 9th week, and then the puppies will be place with farms in cheetah habitat. There is a 2-year waiting list to receive an Anatolian Shepherd from CCF!
The mini-farm is coming along, slowly but surely. We ran out of aged horse manure about 1/3 of the way through and our use of onsite available resources has created a fun patchwork experiment. See the patchwork in the photo? We’ll be growing in horse manure, kraal manure (sheep and goat), Bushblok wood dust (more on that later), and extremely aged kraal manure. We’ll see how it goes. Next step: waiting for the tractor in the shop to be fixed so we can open up the ground.