Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Ghanzi students celebrate International Cheetah Day
Students play an important role in the conservation of nature. Worldwide cheetah populations are crashing, with the latest estimates showing that only 7,000 cheetahs are left in the wild today. In Botswana, the Ghanzi and Kgalagadi districts host the country’s largest cheetah populations but the highest incidence of cheetah conflict is in the Ghanzi region. We hope that the youth of the Ghanzi will be ambassadors for wildlife and help us to protect the cheetahs in this area for many years to come. International Cheetah Day, which officially falls on the 4th December, is a chance for us to remember the struggle that this species is facing and it reminds us to join together to make a plan to conserve these important animals.
This year, Cheetah Conservation Botswana is helping to celebrate International Cheetah Day by hosting an inter-school sports day at Ghanzi Senior Secondary School on Tuesday 30th November. Cheetahs are one of Africa’s most threatened carnivores and this day aims to spread the word of conservation to secondary school students from the Ghanzi District in a fun and exciting way. Four schools from the Ghanzi District have been invited to bring 50 students each to take part in this event. Schools will submit two teams to compete in both netball and soccer, while all students are eligible to take part in the obstacle course race and the cheetah survival game. Participants will compete for glory and prizes, with the fastest, strongest and fittest receiving prizes at the end of the day. Through sport, with its need for speed and agility, we are inspired to commemorate the world’s fastest land mammal, highlighting that cheetahs are racing against extinction, and it’s our job to help them win the race.
For more information on the work of Cheetah Conservation Botswana please visit www.cheetahconservationbotswana.org