My journey - ......I have been given the official title of 'GLOBAL YOUNG AMBASSADOR FOR THE CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND (UK)'! That is one big responsibility! My name is Freddie and I am a 14 year old who is passionate about conservation and wants to do something to help in the fight for the future survival of the cheetah. I was lucky enough to meet Dr Laurie Marker earlier this year and she has inspired me, with the amazing work she does, to want to share information about how we can all do something to help slow down and stop species like the cheetah from dying out. More awareness and understanding is needed so that in years to come we will all be able to live without the threat of extinction. To find out more about what CCF are up to in the UK go to Cheetah Conservation Fund UK or check out whats happening at the cheetah capital of the world by heading to CCF in Namibia. Have a look at the video of Dr Laurie Marker at the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) from 2014. It tells a lot about the difficulties facing the cheetah.
The world’s population of wild cheetahs has dropped from 100,000 to less than 10,000 over the past 100 years due to human-wildlife conflict and habitat loss
CCF have helped the cheetah numbers to grow from approximately 1,500 in 1990 to more than 3,500 today
In 25 years, more than 900 injured or orphaned cheetahs have been rescued and rehabilitated
The Cheetah Conservation Fund have educated more than 25,000 school children each year about conservation and the cheetah
More than 600 puppies have been trained as life stock guarding dogs since the programme began
By teaching Namibians that cheetah and other wildlife are precious natural resources, Namibia has become the “No 1 Cheetah Capital of the World”!
International Day of The Cheetah is December 4th. where schools, zoos and other organisations take part in helping save the cheetah
“We must learn as much as we can about the cheetah
so we are completely prepared in the fight for its survival” Dr Laurie Marker – Founder of The Cheetah Conservation Fund
Stuff being done - CCF are busy working on all their projects from rehabilitating sick cheetahs and breeding livestock guarding dogs, to educating Namibian school children about conservation, to critical research into understanding the genetics of cheetahs. As well as these invaluable initiatives in Namibia for protection and conservation, there are loads of organisations to visit in the UK and brilliant support hubs online to get information. There are loads of people out there around the world who care so much about wildlife and the impact humans have on wildlife populations. They also want to help educate children and adults about the need to preserve and conserve. Click on the different tabs below to find out more about the on-going CCF Projects in Namibia, some of the places you can visit in the UK, or check out the photographers who support the work of CCF.
- CCF Projects
- Places to visit - UK
I will be sharing my personal journey, my diary, with anyone interested in conservation, and in particular cheetahs. I will be blogging and adding video footage as well as photography where and when I can both in Namibia and in the UK. I hope that as a I am really keen to get everyone to understand about the need to protect cheetahs, that I will get lots of support. Join me on my journey.......
I woke up after a good night's sleep and then on to breakfast. After this, we walked to the office to see what jobs had been allocated to us, we had centre pen cleaning and feeding. I was aware of what the feeding was because I saw it in action
Woke up to a beautiful morning. The beds were basic but I slept well. It was really warm inside because of the thatched roof, but the mornings are cold. We were invited to go and watch the 'cheetah run'. It was amazing to see them running at even 3/4 of
We got off the plane and immediately I was immersed in the amazing weather and surprised by how flat the land was. Miles and miles of level landscape except in the very distance the occasional out of place mountain that stuck out like a jewel in the red sand.
The Readers Digest have included 9 Things You Didn't Know About Cheetahs in their on-line edition...check out the information and there is an end note about Dr Laurie at the bottom of the piece....nice one Readers
....... and I will be heading to the airport on my way to Otjiwarongo...in Namibia to help save the cheetah. The temperature is below freezing some nights in the dessert but the days are sunny. Last day of school today ......then home to pack! CCF here I
WHERE IS CCF?
This is where CCF is in Namibia with a map showing its location in the Namib Desert. It's a 4 hour drive north of Windhoek.
Social media is a great way to get everyone talking about conservation and spreading the word. Are you thinking about doing something or have already raised money or awareness to help save the cheetah? It might be saving your pocket money one week – washing your neighbours car – or running 5k. To find out how to donate visit The Cheetah Conservation Fund UK….anything would be great to save the cheetah from extinction……