Sometimes you will find organisations that will conduct research for “research’s sake”. I.e. there is very little relevance or importance to the research being conducted. Cheetah Conservation Botswana is very proud to say that we do not conduct any research unless its absolutely necessary and critical to the survival of this species in the future. We do not anaesthetise cheetahs unless we have very good justification to do so. On the rare occasion that we do so, the cheetah’s health and welfare is our number one priority at all times and we endeavour to minimise any stress on the animal. When they are anaethatised, we not only place a research and tracking collar on it, but we also conduct myriad other research activities such as taking blood samples for genetics and disease research, body measurements for morphological research and faecal samples for diet and prey studies. All this information is vital in our bid to conserve cheetahs. The cat is released immediately following its recovery from the anaesthetics and will not be held in captivity unless it is absolutely necessary (e.g. if its seriously injured somehow). The collar is lightweight and doesn’t interfere with the cat’s movement, to minimise stress to the animal. To avoid having to catch the cat again, the collars are fitted with “drop-off” mechanisms that will cause the collar to automatically drop off after a set period of time. At this point we will collect the collar and retrieve all the data from it. We believe that the stress to the animal is minimal as we have re-caught the same cats a week after first collaring them. It is important to minimise stress and interference to wild animals, however the research that we conduct is vitally important to the survival of the species. The research project that is currently underway will contribute to the research activities mentioned above as well as providing never-before-known information regarding cheetah behaviours, including hunting behaviours that will help us to build conflict mitigation techniques for farmers which will, in turn, help minimise retribution killings of cheetahs on farmlands. Wish us luck in our attempt to unlock the secret life of the farmlands cheetahs, in a bid to secure these populations for the generations to come.