Deborah J. Greer

  • In 1900, there were over 100,000 cheetahs across their historic range. Today, an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild in Africa
  • Unlike other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar. However, they can purr like domestic cats!
  • Top Speed: 70mph (113 km/hr)
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  •  African Wild Dogs are social animals and the entire pack is involved in providing for the young puppies.
  • About 5,000 still call Africa home. Their numbers have dropped from from about half million a century ago.
  • At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants.
  • Climate change projections indicate key portions of elephants’ habitat will become significantly hotter and drier, resulting in poorer foraging conditions threatening calf survival. 
  • Poaching for ivory continues
  • Lifespan up to 70 years
  • Leopards are found throughout most of Africa and Asia from the middle east to the Soviet Union, Korea, China, India, and Malaysia
  • Leopards are very agile, and can run at over 36 miles per hour, leap over 20 feet and jump up to 10 feet.
  • About 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans
  • The lion population in Africa has been reduced by half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.
  • Lifespan: 10-14 years

The Wild Source is the first safari operator to create a program to develop local wildlife biologists in Tanzania.  The Wildlife Biologist Program was  created because of the dire situation facing the animals coupled with the need to offer job opportunities to new graduates in wildlife studies. This act goes beyond fostering young biologists; it impacts the entire economy of the local community. The Wild Source is doing something that is unique as it touches both the wild animals and the locally trained wild life biologists. The Wild Source’s commitment is a win win for both the animals and the local community.

The Wild Source pays the biologist's salaries, hosts the researchers at its Njozi Camp, provides accommodation, meals, supplies and logistical support needed to conduct research.  It is these conservation expenses, which need to be underwritten.  Your donation will be directed through the Primero Conservation, a 501(c) (3) non profit.