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The race to the future to save the wild cheetah
Friday, October 5, 2012
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Alumni Lounge (Nifkin), Marshall Hall
Dr Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of the world-renowned Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia will speak on the challenges facing conservation of cheetah populations world-wide. The oldest and most unique of all the big cats in Africa, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. But the cheetah is in a race for its future. Mankind has brought the cheetah to the edge of extinction. The wild population of these magnificent cats is thought to be less than 10,000 today. Based in Namibia, host to the largest population of wild cheetah, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has worked for the last 20 years to save the cheetah. Dr. Laurie Marker, who is the world's leading expert on cheetahs, sold everything she owned in 1990 and started CCF. Dr. Marker will discuss non-lethal farming methods, CCF's award-winning Bushblok and The Livestock Guarding Dog programs.