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Il nostro obiettivo: a quando la Corsa dei Ghepardi? di Betty von Hoenning

Cari Amici, abbiamo  tentato di organizzare una bella corsa dei ghepardi non competitiva e competitiva. Il risultato? Silenzio delle istituzioni. Sto ancora aspettando. Nel frattempo, i nostri amici della California l’hanno organizzata…e non ci vuole molto. Seguiremo il loro esempio. Senza aiuti. Sempre da soli, con i nostri Sostenitori. Tutto per la natura, i ghepardi, la nostra Terra, il Futuro.  Il CCF ItaliaMarisa Katnic CCF California

Il nuovo documentario BBC di David Attenborough!

Per chi l’avesse perso, ecco un nuovo documentario sui ghepardi. Buona visione!

Agli Amici Donatori

Cari Amici dei Ghepardi,

Ringraziamo tutti per le donazioni che continuano ad arrivare!

Abbiamo ancora alcuni calendari disponibili – una decina – ma ciò che dispiace è che alcune persone NON hanno messo nel bonifico nessun dato oltre al loro nome…

In questo modo, se si vogliono associare, non abbiamo mail, ne’ indirizzo. E ci dispiace molto, perché vorremmo inviarvi il certificato di socio e il nostro materiale.

Dunque chi ci leggesse, per favore scriveteci i vostri dati….!


Betty  Matilde Marina Rossella Duncan 

Al lupo, al lupo! Di Franco Tassi

Pubblichiamo con piacere un articolo di un vero esperto di lupi….sempre predatori!

2013: IL Guardian scriveva sul ghepardo asiatico….

Cheetahs’ Iranian revival cheers conservationists

Wildlife experts hail success of UN-backed initiative to protect Asiatic cheetahs from extinction despite sanctions
Asiatic Cheetahs in Iran
 Asiatic cheetahs in Turan national park: sanctions have left Iranian environmentalists struggling for funding. Photograph: Amirhossein Khaleghi /PWHF/CACP/UNDP/DO

Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies of the fastest animal on earth, are extinct everywhere except in Iran, where they are considered to be critically endangered. But marking a rare success, conservationists at the Persian wildlife heritage foundation (PWHF) have spotted a group of five Asiatic cheetahs (also known as Iranian cheetahs) – a mother with four cubs.

Four wildlife experts from the PWHF saw the family group at the weekend as they were returning from a field trip in Iran’s Turan national park, home to some of the largest populations of Asiatic cheetahs in the world.

“They could not believe what they were seeing ,” Delaram Ashayeri, project manager at PWHF, told the Guardian. “They took out their camera and filmed it.” The picture showing the five cheetahs, with four of them are looking directly into the camera, has since been shared repeatedly by Iran’s huge online community.

“In the past year or so that we closely monitored Turan, we never spotted a family, especially female cheetahs with cubs,” Ashayeri said. “It shows Asiatic cheetahs are surviving, breeding cubs are managing to continue life. It’s good news against a barrage of bad news about these animals.”

The conservation of Asiatic cheetah project (CACP), an initiative between Iran’s department of environment and UN development programme, has led to at least 14 reserve areas being set up, mainly in central Iran, in Yazd, Semnan and Kerman.A number of NGOs, including PWHF and the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) have also stepped in to help.

Morteza Eslami, the ICS’s head, echoed Ashayeri, saying the recent filming showed conservationists in the country were on the right path.

“Something that people rarely knew about a decade ago has now became a national cause for concern,” he said. “When we spoke about Asiatic cheetahs in the beginning, people used to ask if we in Iran had any cheetahs. Now they are asking how many are left.” Earlier this year, the reformist Shargh daily reported that a group of 46 prominent artists, including the celebrated film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, had opened an exhibition aimed at raising funds for conserving the animals.

An average of 1.5 cheetahs used to be killed in Bafgh in the city of Yazd every year, Eslami said, whereas this number has been reduced to almost zero.

Research conducted by the ICS and released recently suggested there were 40 to 70 cheetahs in Iran.

International funds and equipment have been vital to the Iranian NGOs but blanket sanctions imposed on the country by the west over its nuclear programme have affected environmentalists, who have struggled to get international funding.

“Unfortunately, due to sanctions, we have not been able to reach international funds,” Eslami said. “We are an NGO, we are independent of the government but due to sanctions we had serious difficulties in obtaining camera traps, for example. It is not possible to directly buy them and we have to go through a number of intermediaries and that means that we have to pay more to get our hands on them. Also, we have banking restrictions, making it difficult for us to pay for these camera traps.”

Despite the recent success, Eslami warned that a number of road construction and mining plans close to reserve areas had put the campaign at risk.

“These road constructions and mines are seriously endangering and undermining our work and could lead to the extinction of Asiatic cheetahs in Iran,” he said. “We hope that the Iranian government halts these projects as soon as possible.”


Articolo di Laurie Marker : Un manifesto per le donne nella scienza

Help Support Women and Girls in Science! 2 days ago

Dr. Laurie Marker,Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund

 I started doing research with cheetahs in 1974. At the time there were not a lot of women in science and even fewer studying predators like the cheetah. In the years since, I have seen the number of women working in science increase, but there are still advances to be made. According to reports from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the world-wide average of women in science is only 29%. Here in Namibia that number is a bit higher at 44% currently conducting scientific research, and 48% of all doctoral students are women. Namibian women are well on their way to having equal representation in scientific fields, but the numbers across Africa are not consistent. 

Source: UNESCO Science Report, Towards 2030.

There are many efforts currently underway to gain gender parity in the sciences, and it certainly is a hot topic right now. This month women’s contributions to research and to solving the world’s scientific problems are being highlighted. Around the world, efforts to encourage girls to pursue scientific studies are catching on. In 2014, the UNESCO, Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Kenya implemented a strategic effort to promote scientific studies using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming in primary schools across the country. The YouTube video from One United Nations on Gender in Kenya below outlines the encouraging beginnings of this program, it’s well worth the watch. 

In 2015 the UN General Assembly moved to create an annual day to recognize woman and girls in science and technology. February 11th was declared International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and this year marks the second annual celebration. In the week leading up to this special day, there will be events held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, including a Women in Engineering Workshop: “Think Pink – Hard Hat Challenge” focusing on engaging girls in engineering fields. 

Here in Namibia, women and men are both important to growing the economy, as the poverty rate is 28% and 44% of households are female-headed. We need both sexes working together to increase research and development. This will bring more business to Namibia and boost our economy. Unfortunately, many of the people we need to become involved in research may not have access to advanced education. Also, internet access in Namibia is still very limited, and this essential tool is critical to conducting and furthering scientific research. It is my hope that girls worldwide will gain access to the resources they need to become the next great scientists. I need help to save the cheetah; we all need help to save the environment. We need young people to take up the torch and save the planet for their future. It is incredibly sad that they are inheriting numerous environmental problems and it may seem a daunting challenge. I know from personal experience that young people can make a difference. Many people looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wanted to move to Namibia to create an organization focused on saving the cheetah; they said it couldn’t be done. I didn’t take “no” for an answer then, I built CCF. I don’t think young people today will take “no” for an answer either. 

I signed the Women in Science Manifesto to make my commitment to helping girls and women connect to the sciences. Please consider signing and make your pledge to do the same today. 

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