Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, visited Vancouver, BC as part of her North American tour to raise awareness and support for CCF. Over the course of her visit, Dr. Marker participated in several meetings and both public and private events throughout the city.
Dr. Marker met with Vancouver-area residents during a cocktail party held at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. During this event, she outlined the mission of CCF, the significant challenges facing the wild cheetah and efforts undertaken by CCF in Namibia to protect cheetahs and their habitat. Opportunities for Canadian involvement in CCF, such as visiting the CCF’s Centre in Namibia, were also outlined.
A silent auction was held of two Robert Bateman sketches, generously donated by the Bateman Foundation. Photos available here.
Dr. Marker also met with key influencers working on issues of human-wildlife conflict in BC. Dr. Marker explained how CCF works with the local community in Namibia to reduce the incident of human-cheetah conflict in Namibia. Our BC meeting attendees shared and discussed approaches undertaken in urban and rural parts of the province to tackle this pressing issue.
On October 2, Dr. Marker joined representatives from Canadian mining companies to discuss how CCF works with Canadian-operated companies in Namibia. During the meeting, she outlined the potential for fruitful partnerships between industry and CCF.
Additional speakers included Clive Johnson (B2Gold) and Stephanie Meyer (Ottawa-based Stratos) who outlined the CSR considerations and business benefits of supporting the conservation efforts in Nambia. Our thanks to B2Gold for their sponsorship of this event. See photos from this event here.
On the evening of October 2, Dr. Marker was welcomed by a full house at UBC Robson Square for a public talk entitled “Living with Cheetahs: How Humans and Wildlife can Flourish Together”.
Dr. Marker spoke about her thirty-year mission to save the cheetah and described the perilously low population of cheetah living in the wild. Strategies and projects aimed at tackling cheetah habitat reduction and the hunting of cheetah were described as were CCF’s successes rewilding cheetahs through the Centre’s sanctuary.
Dr. Marker highlighted the success of innovative programs, such as the Bushblok program and Livestock Guarding Dog breeding program and genetic research. The talk included a discussion of CCF’s considerable efforts to work with the local community and to create jobs for community members, including Dancing Goat Creamery and model farm.
Guests were welcome to purchase handmade jewelry from Namibia, Dr. Marker’s new book A Future for Cheetahs and other items. The event concluded with book signings and a silent auction of a Tom Mangelsen cheetah photograph, donated by Thomas Mangelsen, Nature in Pictures.
See our event photo album on Facebook.