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In partnership with Panthera, EJF Philanthropies is supporting a grants program dedicated solely to the conservation of the wild African cheetah, as well as a larger cheetah conservation program that, when operational, will span several southern African countries and partner with other cheetah conservation organizations such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

The Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program awards one-year grants to support conservation and research projects on wild cheetahs across the species’ range in Africa. Seeking out the best and brightest cheetah conservationists in the field, as well as the most promising and innovative projects, this program aims to increase and connect healthy cheetah populations across the African continent and build the scientific capacity and expertise of the next generation of cheetah conservationists.

Another goal of our grants program is to foster dialogue among existing cheetah projects and conservationists across Africa and to cultivate these conservationists to become leaders within their own countries – allowing for local communities and individuals to protect their wildlife and ensure that the cheetah lives and thrives in Africa for centuries to come.

The grants program takes a long term, range-wide view of cheetah conservation, focusing on conservation and research initiatives that survey the cheetah’s range where little data exists; identifying critical connections between viable cheetah populations; and applying interventions that mitigate threats to cheetahs. 2014-15 recipients of Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants are conducting cheetah research in Benin, Iona National Park in Angola, southwestern Mozambique, and eastern Ethiopia. All of these projects will be assessing cheetah population numbers as well as threats in their specific region. This research is vital for strategically planning and establishing effective conservation actions in the areas where the cheetah is most threatened.