Dr. Laurie Marker, who has worked with cheetahs since 1974, founded the not-for-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund in 1990. She moved to Namibia, Africa, where the conservation fund’s International Research and Education Center is located. The organization also operates a field research station, a visitor’s center and a museum and education center.
At ESF, Marker’s presentation focused on threats to the survival of wild cheetahs.
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 70 mph. Loss of habitat, poaching, competition with large predators and ranchers, and a lack of genetic diversity have combined to endanger its existence.
Marker’s visit to the college was hosted by Dr. J. Scott Turner of ESF’s Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. Turner has taken ESF students to CCF facilities while teaching a class about the deserts of Southern Africa. The course involves a three-week trip to Africa.
Marker also delivered a lecture for a professional audiencel.