A few weeks ago I attended the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco. The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.
Every October, WCN’s conservation partners gather in San Francisico to share their experiences of saving wildlife around the world to over 1,000 wildlife supporters. The Expo is a day of learning and celebration and if you ever get the chance to attend, I highly recommend it. You will leave inspired.
This year Dr. Laurie Marker was one of the speakers. Dr. Marker is the founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and has become one of the world’s leading experts on and advocates for the cheetah. You can watch Dr. Marker’s presentation too!
Cheetah Conservation Fund-Dr. Laurie Marker- Expo 2014
A Future For Cheetahs
I was able to visit with Dr. Market at the Expo and she kind enough to sign a copy of her new book A Future for Cheetahs
for me to give to one member of The Tiniest Tiger community. The book is not only gorgeous to look at with photographs by world-class photographer Suzi Eszterhas, but you will learn the story of the cheetah and what boots-on-the-ground efforts are being taken by CCF to save this magnificent cat from extinction. Here are a few images from A Future For Cheetahs.
December 4th is International Cheetah Day
“International Cheetah Day serves to remind us that the cheetah, like all wildlife, is a treasure of our planet. Wildlife enhances our landscapes and can support livelihoods when utilized in a sustainable manner,” said Dr. Marker. “When a species becomes extinct, you cannot bring it back, and everyone loses. The good news is cheetahs can be saved; young conservationists hold the key to their future.”
Virtual Cheetah Party on Facebook
CCF is hosting an all-day Virtual Cheetah Party on Facebook to which animal lovers of all ages are invited to attend (Facebook.com/CCFcheetah). In addition, CCF is offering suggestions for other creative ways adults can engage young conservationists on International Cheetah Day, including swapping out their online profile photo for a cheetah image, wearing cheetah print or collecting donations to support cheetahs in the wild. The complete list of suggestions can be viewed on CCF’s Web site.
The Tiniest Tiger community is sponsoring Amani at CCF.
Rebuilding the Visitor Center
I have had the honor of meeting Dr. Marker, first in Namibia when I was at CCF and then again at the Cincinnati Zoo and just a few weeks ago at the Expo. She works tirelessly on cheetah conservation and stresses the importance of outreach education. Last October while Dr. Marker was on her fall tour a lightning strike caused a fire that burned the visitor center at CCF to the ground.
At the heart of the building was a large classroom space used for visiting school-children, community groups and the Future Farmers of Africa program. Also housed within were CCF’s Gift Shop, the Cheetah Cafe’ and its kitchen, and a staff apartment upstairs.
CCF has begun rebuilding but their insurance only covers two-thirds of the construction costs leaving an additional $300,000 to complete the rebuild and outfit of the new Visitor Center. To learn more about CCF, the rebuilding of their Visitor Center, and Dr. Marker visit Cheetah.org.
The A Future For Cheetahs Giveaway
One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win the signed copy of A Future For Cheetahs. If you can’t wait to see if you win and want to get your own copy now you can purchase the book here: A Future for Cheetahs * amazon affiliate link
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