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Cheetah Conservation Fund/Namibia
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 12:01 PM-1:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Laurie Marker, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director, Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Dr. Laurie Marker is recognized as a leading expert on cheetahs – their biology, genetics, ecology, breeding, and conservation. In 1990, Marker left her position with the Smithsonian, and moved to Namibia to found the Cheetah Conservation Fund so she could work directly with cheetahs in the wild.
From humble beginnings interviewing local farmers for field research, Dr. Marker built an impressive Conservation Centre that comprises 100,000 acres, a vet clinic, genetics lab, model farm with goats, sheep and cows, livestock guarding dogs, and approximately 50 orphaned or injured cheetahs.
Among the programs that Dr. Marker has created is the Livestock Guarding Dog program, which breeds and trains Anatolian shepherd and kangal dogs to protect local herds so that farmers are not threatened by the presence of cheetahs on their land.
Dr. Marker is a recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, The Tech Museum’s Intel Environmental Prize, and a two-time finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize. She was named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine as well as on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and the Today Show.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.
Bring a brown bag lunch, or purchase lunch at the Zoo’s Painted Giraffe.
Conservation Conversations co-sponsor:
Conservation Conversations are underwritten in part through the generous support of Cooper Bussmann.