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Cheetah Conservation Fund Founder to Speak at SUNY-ESF

Dr. Laurie Marker
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dr.  Laurie Marker,  founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), will give a presentation Monday, April 10, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Marker, who has worked with cheetahs since 1974, founded the not-for-profit 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 will focus 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 is hosted by Dr. J. Scott Turner of ESF’s Faculty 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 will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in 5 Illick Hall on the ESF campus. A reception will follow.

She will also deliver a lecture for a professional audience at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday,  April 11, in 5 Illick Hall.

Additional information is available at www.esf.edu/cheetah.

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Release No. 57, March 29, 2006