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This conflict between people and wildlife stems from the Cape Leopard being one of the few predators at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and its surrounding region in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. As local human populations have grown, so too have the number of encounters and conflicts between the rare Cape Leopards, people, and their livestock.
Over the past several decades, this has led to increased instances of Cape Leopards attacking domestic livestock, risking the depletion of essential domestic animal populations and significant, irrecoverable damage to the local community's economic and social well-being.
As lovers of wildlife, we naturally want to preserve the Cape Leopard. But, for the farmers who raise the sheep that feed and clothe the people who live there, they’re a major threat. While a situation like this might pit these sides against one another – as so often happens elsewhere in the world – TreadRight looked for a solution that might work for both.Learn More
Bushmans Kloof and TreadRight, working with neighboring farmers, have led the way in finding and funding a natural, sustainable solution. Partnering with Cheetah Outreach to adopt and adapt community protection and predator management solutions, with the support of TreadRight, three Anatolian Shepherd dogs have come to Bushmans Kloof as livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) with more to follow.
The TreadRight Foundation is supporting the placement of the Anatolian Shepherds with local farmers, providing the cost of raising the dogs through their first year. The dogs are regularly monitored by Cheetah Outreach to oversee proper training and help ensure the dogs reach their full potential as an LGD. This keeps the Cape Leopard at bay so it hunts its natural prey rather than sheep, and eliminates their conflicts with farmers.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are guardian dogs that increase agricultural productivity by protecting livestock from natural predators. The project establishes a steady income for family farmers, and the community retains access to nutritious food all year round. The Anatolian Shepherd Dogs also provide a natural solution to preserve domestic animal populations and their contributions to the local biodiversity and natural habitats.
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