Number 17 – Dr Laurie Marker
Before becoming Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990, Dr. Laurie Marker began her career working with cheetahs at Wildlife Safari, a wildlife park in the United States. She first travelled to South West Africa (now Namibia) while conducting research into the rewilding of captive-born cheetahs.
Dr. Marker’s research proved that cheetahs held in captivity could be taught to hunt but, more importantly, it was during this time she discovered livestock farmers were killing wild cheetah by the hundreds. Without intervention, the future of the species would be in jeopardy. For this reason, Dr Marker decided to found CCF and move to Namibia. Over the past year, they’ve continued doing incredible work expanding their remit in Somaliland and continue to fight to protect Cheetah.
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