Unfortunately, these cheetahs face multiple, growing threats, as the local human population continues to grow and expand onto park boundaries and into protected land. There are still so many misconceptions among local residents on the cheetah's behavior and ecology. Many people fear the cheetah, unaware of its non-aggressive, non-confrontational nature. As a result, reports of needless killings of this reclusive, threatened cat continue to be reported in the vicinity. The majority of cases are not in retaliation of livestock depredation, although some incidents of goat raiding in locations bordering or inside Tsavo East, have been confirmed.
The Tsavo Cheetah Project is working with local residents to educate them on predator behavior and ecology and assisting with effective livestock herding and husbandry. However, the Tsavo region covers a large expanse of human populations and tribes and we need sufficient funds to maintain and expand both our community and cheetah monitoring programs. Most urgent funding is needed for vehicle hire fees, petrol, and stipend compensation for additional, qualified staff. Please consider assisting us, if you can, so that we may assure the protection of the Tsavo cheetahs for generations to come.