The cheetah is protected by law throughout its range and occurs within a number of reserves (1), although competition with lions and hyenas means that these reserves may not be the best way of conserving this species (3). In Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, limited trophy hunting of cheetahs is allowed on private property, as a method of encouraging landowners to accept cheetahs on their land by enjoying the profit hunting provides (3). In Namibia, the Cheetah Conservation Fund has initiated a novel conservation programme; providing farmers with guard dogs to protect their livestock herds. To date, this scheme has led to a dramatic reduction in the number of cheetahs trapped and killed (8).
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