We work around Iran, targeting some of the most spectacular and imperiled Iranian wildlife species or habitats. From the Iranian central deserts where the last population of the Critically Endangered Asiatic cheetah persists, northwards along the Alborz Mountains where is the home to the gorgeous but Endangered Persian leopard, and westward in the home of brown bears and grey wolves through the rolling mountains of the Iranian Caucasus, the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) is making crucial progress against great odds, to ensure that the effects of its conservation efforts can have the greatest impact.
Please join us in supporting our activities to find locally-sustainable and effective conservation solutions to ensure long-term coexistence of humans and carnivores and persistence their natural ecosystem.
How is my donations used?
The followings are two successful examples of our wildlife conservation projects, in which your donations make them possible.
The nation-wide monitoring the Asiatic Cheetah in Iran
In 2012, we launched a country-wide Asiatic cheetah monitoring program, by targeting some of the key cheetah reserves in northeastern and south-central Iran We have used remote camera trap photography to document the presence of the elusive cheetahs, and to reveal the abundance and population dynamics of these fragile cheetah population in their last stronghold. In addition, we are using camera trapping techniques to explore the connectivity of these seemingly isolated cheetah patches. Our country-scale cheetah program has so far provided invaluable information about the movement, reproduction and population size of the Asiatic cheetahs, which can form the basis for developing an updated conservation planning of the subspecies in collaboration with the Iran government and other active NGOs.
Long-term studies of the Persian leopard
We are targeting the Endangered Persian leopard across a variety of habitats in Iran, where a critical attention is needed. We are using a combination of non-invasive techniques such as remote camera trap photography and DNA analysis and novel GPS/satellite telemetry to gather reliable and accurate individual data on the ecology and conservation needs of the leopards in Iran. Since the Persian leopard comes to conflict over food and space with local people across many areas in Iran, we use different methods to quantify the intensity of conflict with livestock breeders and to identify the most effective and locally-affordable techniques to reduce the conflict.
We are working with local people in different location in Iran to empower them against the socio-economic consequences of wildlife-related conflict. Our community-based activities conducted during the last decade have decreased human-induced mortalities of the Asiatic cheetah, as formerly poor knowledge and the lack of awareness was the main reason for killing the cheetahs by local people. We are working across the entire range of the Asiatic cheetahs in Iran, summing a vast area of over 60,000 km2
With a backbone of nearly a decade of working experience with local communities, our conservation education unit implements various public awareness campaigns to increase people’s environmental awareness. We have developed novel approaches to spread the knowledge among local people, including educational theaters and documentaries which both have been highly welcomed by the Iranian community leaving with cheetahs and leopards. We also launch workshops and training courses for students and wardens for capacity building proposes.
With respect to international bank embargo against Iran, we are facing serious difficulties for fundraising which might adversely affect our current activities to save the Iranian wildlife. Presently, ICS has received international donations through its partner, World Land Trust, a UK-based non-profit organization which is devoted to protect the most biologically important and threatened habitats across the globe.
If you are willing to join our conservation programs, please donate through the following link: