In mid 2015, AZA SAFE worked with cheetah conservation experts including representatives from the AZA community, IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, seven national governments, and a multitude of NGOs to identify and prioritize conservation actions. AZA SAFE also sponsored a cheetah survey methodology training session for Chadian field personnel in early 2015. The results of subsequent surveys will directly inform the National Action Plan for cheetahs in Chad. Following these two meetings, a 3-year SAFE Conservation Action Plan was developed using SAFE’s new collaborative process to address priority conservation needs and includes projects that are aimed at achieving population sustainability. These projects fall within four thematic areas including conservation capacity, public action, research, and Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Each project, designed to incorporate collaborator expertise to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, is comprised of detailed goals, actions, timelines, budgets. All projects are coordinated by AZA members who work closely with project collaborators to execute conservation actions, achieve successes, and identify future needs. More detailed information about each project can be found in the Cheetah Call for Participation.
Contact SAFEcheetah@aza.org to learn more about this project and the Project Coordinator role.
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Project Coordinator: Mike Chedester
Project Coordinators: Adrienne Crosier and Dusty Lombardi