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Cheetah Conservation Fund Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Announces Plans for Two-Part Cheetah Summit in 2015
OTJIWARONGO, Namibia (17 March, 2015) – Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest-running cheetah conservation program in existence, marks its 25th anniversary in July. Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF Founder and Executive Director, today announced plans to hold the first of a two-part Cheetah Summit for Long-term Strategic Planning 18-20 July at CCF’s field headquarters in Otjiwarongo to commemorate this milestone achievement. The summit is themed Changing the World to Save the Cheetah, which also serves as the theme for all CCF anniversary celebration activities taking place throughout the calendar year, including the organisation’s 25th Anniversary Gala to be held 17 July in Windhoek.
“We are very excited about the Cheetah Summit, which will examine the complex web of social, economic and environmental problems surrounding the cheetah conservation crisis”, said Dr. Marker. “The human population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by 2050, which will dramatically increase demands on the food supply. This, together with the effects of global climate change, will place additional pressure on the land and exacerbate human-wildlife conflict, which together with habitat loss, are the greatest threats to cheetah survival. We need to put into place a tactical response plan now if the cheetah is to have hope for a future”.
Cheetahs are Africa’s most endangered big cats, with only an estimated 10,000 remaining in the wild. CCF Board Members and Trustees from the U.S. and Namibia and delegates from CCF’s international affiliates and collaborative organizations in the UK, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and France, will meet in Otjiwarongo in July to take part in the first meeting. The second session will be held in Washington, D.C. later this year and will bring together some of the best minds in science, ecology and conservation biology with representatives from zoos and academic institutions, government officials and international business executives to develop the response plan.
Launched in 1990 in a borrowed farmhouse as a non-profit foundation with the goal of working with local communities on whose land the cheetah lives, and developing solutions to live with cheetahs, CCF has grown into a world-class research, education and conservation institution that now serves as a model for predator conservation programmes everywhere. Under the leadership of Dr. Marker, CCF has become a driving force in conservation, recognized for applying a science-based, holistic approach that carefully balances the needs of both people and wildlife sharing the same ecosystems.
CCF has made significant impact on the cheetah conservation crisis over the past 25 years, including:
“I would like to extend an open invitation to any person interested in seeing the cheetah in its natural habitat to visit us in Namibia”, said Dr. Marker. “By witnessing the work we do and sharing it with your friends and families, you will play a vital role in saving the cheetah”.
CCF facilities are open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except 25 December.