The conflict between farmer and predator has existed ever since man first domesticated sheep, cattle and other prey animals.

Many of the methods employed to combat livestock losses result in the indiscriminate killing of predators and other wildlife. An interesting South African programme now tries to introduce the Wildlife Friendly Lamb on the market through working with farmers and offering them help to protect livestock with guarding dogs

Since the programme was implemented, Anatolian guard dogs have been placed on farms in cheetah range in Limpopo and North West Provinces, where they have reduced livestock losses from 95 to 100%. Though mostly used to guard sheep and goats, for the first time in southern Africa, some dogs have been used to successfully guard cattle and some are now guarding wild game such as springbok and nyala.

Wildlife Friendly Lamb from South Africa

Wildlife Friendly Lamb from South Africa

You can read more about the programme on Cheetah Outreach Programme or on its sponsors website or listen to this video

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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