Alison’s time volunteering at CCF Namibia, part five

Alison is currently volunteering at CCF Namibia from the United Kingdom as a working guest. While there, she will be sharing her daily experiences with us so that we can have a first-hand look at what life is like as a CCF volunteer!

“Today at CCF was a dog day, but these dogs are real special. They are livestock guarding dogs which help to reduce human wildlife conflict in Namibia. CCF breeds these dogs and gives them to farmers to help protect their livestock herds. Having a livestock guarding dog massively reduces predation of the herds and farmers are much less likely to shoot cheetahs.”

“Unfortunately as cheetahs are daytime hunters they are seen more and get more than their fair share of blame for taking livestock, despite it actually being quite rare for them to target them as prey. Today, I fed the dogs and  this afternoon took Lady  for a walk. Lady has already had four litters of puppies that are out with Namibian farmers and will have one more before she retires.”

“Callum is from the UK and os one of the staff here . He is in charge of the livestock guarding dogs and despite very dubious taste in football (Reading FC), he’s a top man. He started as an intern and impressed Laurie so much that she offered him a job.”

Tune in tomorrow for Alison’s sixth day!

To find out how you could volunteer at CCF Namibia, please read our pages on Internships and Working Guests.

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