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Un bel documentario su ZDF…in tedesco! Ma vale…

Guardatelo lo stesso al minuto 25 circa, e comunque si capisce di ciò’ che si parla….!

Iniziano i nostri eventi 2017: Prendete nota!

Cari Amici, vi comunichiamo il nostro primo evento italiano di quest’anno e ci auguriamo di vedervi numerosi ad Albignasego (PD) !

Dopo la conferenza sarà possibile acquistare i nostri gadgets e le felpe CCF Italia che aiutano i nostri ghepardi orfani del Centro in Namibia.

Termineremo la serata con una pizza in compagnia per godere al massimo di questo incontro. Prenotatevi! Mail a:

Domenica ore 15 : Il Mondo Insieme con Licia Colo’!

Cari Amici,

Solo per informarvi che domenica sarò’ ospite da Licia Colo’ dalle 15 in poi durante la trasmissione: Il Mondo Insieme.

Un breve annuncio perché la trasmissione sarà in diretta, e domani sarò’ in viaggio per Roma.

Per vostra informazione, se vorrete saperne di più’ del lavoro del Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Un caro saluto a tutti i Soci e Sostenitori, con notizie dei nostri eventi tra brevissimo!


Una studentessa discute la tesi triennale sui ghepardi –

 ELISA FIMIANI di Genova, ha conseguito la settimana scorsa la laurea triennale in Allevamento e Benessere Animale presso la Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria dell’Università degli Studi Statale di Milano, e ci ha gentilmente scritto la lettera che trascriviamo:
Buonasera! seguo sempre la vostra pagina e per questo mi fa piacere informarvi che ieri ho discusso la mia tesi (presso la facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria) relativa alla conservazione del ghepardo.. In seguito alle mie esperienze in Sud Africa è nato un forte interesse per questa specie.. Ho analizzato i diversi programmi di conservazione in-situ ed ex-situ del ghepardo, le problematiche legate alla cattività e all’eventuale reintroduzione. Ho riportato anche il vostro progetto del CCF . Spero di aver fatto capire alle persone ieri presenti quanto sia importante conservare questa specie e tutti gli altri animali, e di aver quindi in qualche modo contribuito alla salvaguardia di questo straordinario animale..
Ho studiato alla Statale presso la Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria corso di laurea triennale in Allevamento e Benessere animale. 
  Ho svolto il tirocinio presso il Parco Faunistico La Torbiera dove sono presenti due esemplari femmine. Prossimamente invece vorrei tanto andare in Namibia al CCF.


Non aggiungo nulla se non che siamo molto felici di questo risultato conseguito e invitiamo Elisa a continuare su questa strada. Abbiamo bisogno di giovani come lei!


Elisa Fimiani Indice della tesi E.Fimiani


Ecco lo studio sui ghepardi!

Cliccando sul link si aprirà l’introduzione allo studio!

Messaggio di Laurie Marker in partenza per il CITES, Sudafrica

Un interessante articolo su BBC Science a proposito di …ghepardi!

Cheetah is now ‘running for its very survival’

Media captionEndangered species like the cheetah are being used as pets, as David Shukman reports

Pitiful scenes of cheetah cubs lying emaciated and bewildered highlight one of the cruellest but least-publicised examples of illegal wildlife trafficking.

Baby cheetahs are so prized as exotic pets that entire litters are seized from their mothers when they may only be four to six weeks old.

Each tiny animal can fetch as much as $10,000 on the black market and end up being paraded on social media by wealthy buyers in Gulf states.

But the trade exacts a terrible toll on a species that claims a superlative status as the fastest land animal on the planet but which now faces a serious threat to its survival.

Image captionThe lucky ones: These young cheetahs were rescued

According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, some 1,200 cheetah cubs are known to have been trafficked out of Africa over the past 10 years but a shocking 85% of them died during the journey.

Dr Laurie Marker, the trust’s director, describes the horrific conditions involved in shipping the animals from their habitats in northern Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia by land and sea to the Arabian Gulf.

“They’re probably just thrown into a crate, living in their own faeces, travelling for days without proper food, and many of them end up dead on arrival at wherever that place would be, and maybe one or two living out of a pile that are dead.”

And those that do make it into the hands of new owners usually die rapidly because they are denied the chance to exercise and are given an inadequate diet.

Image captionThe animal is used to living in huge home ranges of 800 sq km

Dr Marker says that they’re often kept in “chicken coop-sized pens” which are far too small for them.

“And this is an animal that is the fastest land animal that is used to living in huge home ranges of 800 sq km. Most of those cheetahs don’t make it over a two-year period of time in captivity.”

With the total of adult cheetahs living in the wild now numbering less than 7,000, the concern is that seizures of an estimated 200-300 a year could drive some of the remaining populations, which are already diminished, to extinction.

The poaching comes on top of the long-running destruction of the cheetahs’ habitats. The animals tend not to thrive in the confines of national parks where other predators dominate, so they live outside protected areas and are more exposed to conflict with people.

The threat to the cheetah will be raised at the CITES COP17 conference being held in Johannesburg over the next fortnight.

Social media cheetahs
Image caption“You have the car and the boat but nothing tops having an exotic pet”

One criticism of the conservation movement is that it has recently been doing a better job highlighting the plight of the giants of African wildlife, the elephants and the rhinos, compared with other iconic species whose existence is equally at risk.

As a vet working in Kuwait, Jill Mullen saw for herself how easily cheetah cubs were imported despite the existence of controls under the CITES convention.

Now back in the UK, she told me how her surgery would see as many as six cubs in a single day. All of them would be suffering from dehydration, malnutrition and a common virus known as panleukopenia against which the cubs have no immunity.

Usually, only one of the six would survive.

“I would stand on the soapbox to explain to the owners why it was wrong to have these animals as pets, that they’re endangered in the wild, and are not designed to be kept in living rooms and in villas.

“But in the end I had to swallow the feeling that everything was wrong because that was my job.”

Ms Mullen found that most owners did not know about the CITES restrictions or care about them.

Media captionCheetahs being used as pets

“You have the car and the boat but nothing tops having an exotic pet and, if they can buy it, it doesn’t matter about the legality.”

During her time in Kuwait, there was an attempt by the authorities to clamp down, and vets like her were banned from handling cheetahs and other endangered animals. But she believes this drove the trade underground.

On the agenda in Johannesburg is a quest to raise awareness in buyer countries of the dangers the trade poses to the cheetah.

One idea is to persuade internet platforms to join the fight – many carry social media pictures taken by cheetah owners showing off their animals. Others allow dealers to offer cheetah cubs for sale.

Another initiative is to draw up plans for how to handle cheetahs if they are confiscated – if the authorities do get tough, large numbers may suddenly need to be housed.

Already when cheetahs become too big, or their owners find that they cannot care for them, the animals are released into the streets and found dead or weakened.

But there is a sense that time is not on the side of a species whose very fame may be the cause of its demise.

As Dr Marker puts it, “the cheetah is running the most important race of its life, and that’s for its very survival and its survival is in human hands”.