Thursday, 3 December 2015

Namibia: International Cheetah Day | Международный день гепарда Намибия

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International Cheetah Day 2015

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Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) Namibia invites wildlife enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the world's fastest animal on International Cheetah Day - 04 December this year. 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of this special event designed to generate awareness for the cheetah, which, with fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, is Africa's most endangered feline. The purpose of International Cheetah Day is to educate people about the species and its plight as well as inspire to get involved with conservation.

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Said Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund: "The cheetah is really the most iconic, coolest cat of all,". "You could say that I'm partial, but I can't imagine a world without cheetahs. Please help us save this species by posting to social media on December 4th using the hashtags #IntlCheetahDay and #SaveTheCheetah."

Cheetah Namibia


CCF is encouraging zoos and schools around the world to help spark people's interest in conservation by recognizing International Cheetah Day with cheetah-themed activities. Cheetah teaching and outreach materials, including a downloadable activities packet designed for elementary schoolchildren and a PowerPoint presentation with notes, can be accessed through CCF's Web sites, www.cheetah.org and www.internationalcheetahday.org. Cheetah photos, videos and social media links are also available online, as well suggestions for ways to celebrate.

At CCF's Field Research and Education Centre in northern Namibia, open to the public 364 days a year – Dr. Marker is hosting a daylong, cheetah-centric celebration. Food and drink is available at the Cheetah Café, cheetah games, activities and crafts are on slae for visitors. All ages are invited to tour the CCF, including a one-of-a-kind Cheetah Museum, and participate in the daily feeding of the 35 orphaned or injured cheetahs that permanently reside in CCF's Cheetah Sanctuary.

Cheetah Namibia


With more than 40 years experience working with the cheetahs, Dr. Marker is widely recognized as a leading expert on the cheetah. She designated Dec. 4 as International Cheetah Day in remembrance of Khayam, a cheetah she raised from a cub at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. Dr. Marker was inspired to take Khayam to Namibia to determine if captive-born cheetahs could be taught to hunt. Their efforts were successful and eventually, the pair returned to Oregon. But during this experience, Dr. Marker witnessed wild cheetahs being exterminated by African farmers and vowed to do something about it. In 1990, she launched CCF and permanently relocated to Namibia. Because of Khayam, Dr. Marker dedicated her life to becoming the cheetah's champion, and she chose Khayam's birthday for this honor.

Cheetah Namibia

The cheetah is not only the fastest, but it is also the oldest of all the big cats. It has survived more than three million years through the Ice Age and a genetic bottleneck, but its numbers have declined by 90 percent in the last 100 years due to human-wildlife conflict and habitat loss. With fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, the world's cheetah population is at great risk of extinction.

Cheetah Namibia


"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, and young people are the key to their future."
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