Celebrate International Cheetah Day #IntlCheetahDay

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How To Celebrate International Cheetah Day

International cheetah day 2016

Here are a few ways you can help celebrate International Cheetah Day.

  • Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay. Use CCF’s  Tweet Sheet to send tweets. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button to the left to instantly post to your Twitter page.
  • Swap your online social media profile photo for a cheetah. Pounce here for photos.
  • Sponsor a resident cheetah living at CCF in Namibia. Click to Sponsor a Cheetah!
  • Purchase a cheetah spot on our Cheetah Spots page. After you donate $5 or more you can place your name on the spot of a current or former resident cheetah.

How The Tiniest Tiger community helped celebrate #IntlCheetahDay

Thanks to your support of Triple T Studios, The Tiniest Tiger community has purchased cheetah spots! And we are happy to continue our support of Amani, 

Amani Cheetah CCF

Photo Credits: Bobby Bradley

Amani, meaning Peace in Swahili, was caught by a farmer in the  Khomas Hochland area (east of Windhoek) when she was about one year old.  They do not know what happened to the rest of her family as she was far too young to be on her own.

The farmer gave the young cheetah to the Amani Lodge near Windhoek where she was kept as a companion for their tame cheetah.  The two cats never got along and after a year, it was decided that it would be better to send Amani to CCF.

Amani is a true testament to the survival of the cheetahs.  She was slow to acclimate to her new surroundings at CCF but once she found her way, she is thriving.

International Cheetah Day History

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Dr. Laurie Marker

December 4 is the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah Dr. Laurie Marker founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, raised from a cub at  Wildlife Safari in Oregon. Khayam was trained for the first research project in rewilding and the reason for her first trip to Namibia in 1977.

Dr. Marker took Khayam to Africa to see if she  could be taught to hunt in the wild. During her stay in Namibia, Dr. Marker learned about how cheetahs were being exterminated by Namibian farmers who viewed them as vermin and she decided to do something about it.  Dr. Marker became the cheetah’s champion because of Khayam and chose her birthday as a date to promote cheetah conservation in honor of her memory.

 About Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the world’s leading organization dedication to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF’s conservation programming is based on scientific research. They maintain a research program on the biology, ecology and genetics of cheetahs that publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals annually.  CCF operates the only fully-equipped genetics lab at an in-situ conservation facility in Africa.

With research as the foundation, CCF has a set of integrated programs that address the threats to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including human populations.  CCF’s guiding principle is that one must secure the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah to secure a future for the cheetah.  We must help people help cheetahs.

Cheetah in Namibia

Cheetah photographed in Namibia by Joanne McGonagle

 Learn more about the cheetah.  We hope you will be inspired and tell a friend, and they will do the same.

Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s website at to learn more about the cheetah and these innovative programs.


Thank you for caring about all cats big and small.

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  1. databbiesotrouttowne says

    Joanne; I’m going to have to check out that “spots” program…and correct me if I’m wrong; weren’t you part of a cheetah study a few years back ?
    How awesome that would be !! ??? Laura

  2. I’m so glad you are doing what you can for these majestic big cats!