Our long-term Cheetah Research Project is located in the Savannahs of Central Namibia, investigating the health status, immunology, reproduction and spatial ecology of the elusive and threatened cat. Additionally, the research team is carrying out a cheetah survey across Namibia since 2015 to estimate the density of cheetah in different habitats throughout the country. The final aim is to estimate the total population size using empirical data collected at field following a scientific procedure. Several study areas have been surveyed so far (Etosha, Khaudum, Hoanib, Tiras Mountains, Seeis) and the team is currently working on other areas such as the Erongo, Khomas Hochland and the central Namib. In the lastest study area located in the central Namib desert, since December 2018, Cheetah Research Project member Ruben Portas @ongwe_acinonyx
has been capturing free-ranging cheetahs and monitoring cheetah marking sites. Two of the collared animals visited regularly the Nam Nau Habitat where out team assisted with checking box traps and with other fieldwork such as setting camera traps or visiting cheetah kill-sites to obtain an insight on their diet. Our thanks also goes out to Namib Naukluft Lodge @namibnaukluftlodge
who hosts and assists Ruben during is lengthy stays in the remote area.