Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world – capable of reaching speeds of 70 miles an hour in under three seconds. 

Though a beloved and charismatic species, the cheetah’s population has declined 90% since the turn of the 20th century. Reasons include habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports two wonderful organizations in Namibia and Botswana that work to address these issues and protect this endangered feline.

Cheetah Conservation Fund – CCF

Founded in 1990, and based in Namibia, CCF combines research, education, collaboration and habitat restoration to address the problems facing the cheetah.

JZG’s support made possible by FIS



Cheetah Conservation Botswana

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens funds the Kalahari Bush Camps at their Ghanzi Field Base. During the bush camps, school groups and children’s environmental clubs visit the education center for 2 days and 3 nights to learn about the environment and its predators. The tented camp accommodates groups of up to 60 individuals and as well as classrooms and dining areas, hosts a pool, playgrounds and sports facilities. Students are exposed to a range of environmental ideas through lectures, activities and games as well as having time for fun and to experience the Kalahari environment.

JZG’s support made possible by FIS