Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund
"Saving the Wild Cheetah: A Race to the Future"
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
The oldest and most unique of all the big cats in Africa, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. But the cheetah is in a race for its future. Mankind has brought the cheetah to the edge of extinction. The wild population of these magnificent cats is thought to be less than 10,000 today. Based in Namibia, host to the largest population of wild cheetah, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has worked for the last 20 years to save the cheetah. Dr. Laurie Marker, who is the world’s leading expert on cheetahs, sold everything she owned in 1990 and started CCF. Dr. Marker discussed non-lethal farming methods, CCF's award winning Bushblok and The Livestock Guarding Dog programs.