Cheetah Conservation Foundation
October 17, 2020
8:15 am PDT
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has spent the last thirty years working internationally to save cheetahs. The cheetah population has decreased by 90% in the last century due to human-cheetah conflict and habitat loss, so CCF’s mission is to curb this decline and amplify conservation efforts to help their numbers recover. From their base in Namibia, CCF changes hearts and minds through community education about cheetahs. They also protect ecosystems shared by people and cheetahs and provide rehabilitation to cheetahs rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. CCF works tirelessly to preserve the future of cheetahs in the wild.
Dr. Laurie Marker
Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), is recognized as one of the world’s leading cheetah authorities. She began her pioneering research on Namibia’s cheetahs in 1977, becoming an expert in cheetah biology, ecology, and conservation strategies to mitigate human-cheetah conflict. She founded CCF in 1990 and has devoted the last 30 years to protecting cheetahs throughout Africa, collecting data on more than 1,000 wild cheetahs, creating a first-of-its-kind cheetah genome resource bank, releasing 650 cheetahs back to the wild, and rehabilitating nearly 60 orphaned cheetahs.
Research and Education Manager
Annetjie grew up in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, and was first introduced to conservation very young when she participated in Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) environmental education programs. After completing her degree in Biology at the University of Namibia and earning a master’s in Applied Ecology in Norway, she joined CCF as their Research and Education Manager in 2018. Annetjie has attended conservation leadership workshops in Brazil and participated in Pathways Namibia Conferences. She is passionate about educating young African conservationists as the future protectors of cheetahs and other wildlife.
Photography credit: (c) Suzi Eszerthas