Il nuovo libro di Laurie Marker in immagini

Alla scoperta dell’Africa (prima parte)

Alla scoperta dell'Africa (prima parte).

Un nuovo articolo di Laurie Marker

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Il nuovo sito del Cheetah Conservation Fund!

Cheetah Conservation Fund Re-Launches “” Website
April 7, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Cheetah Conservation Fund, the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild, is pleased to announce that it’s website,, has been re-launched with a completely updated look and feel, new architecture and refreshed content.
The project was undertaken last year and made possible through a generous grant from Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and utilized the design talents of Openbox9, a Washington, DC-based web design firm that specializes in assisting non-profits. Among the new features that visitors will enjoy are a more streamlined navigational structure, increased use of photo galleries, and a searchable library of CCF’s publicly available reports and research.
“A website is such an important tool for conservation in the 21st Century,” says Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF. “We’re trying to draw the world together to save the cheetah, and having a compelling presence on the Internet is a critical component of that effort. We’re very excited about the new website, because it will help those who don’t know us well understand who we are, what we do, and how they can help.”
Visitors may view the new website at CCF would like to thank both Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and the team at Openbox9 for their invaluable assistance.
Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF’s Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marker, an American biologist, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on cheetah biology, ecology and conservation and has developed CCF’s conservation strategy, which has contributed to increasing the wild cheetah population in Namibia by ~50%. CCF’s long-term studies analyze and monitor the factors affecting the cheetah’s survival in the wild, and results are used to develop conservation policies and education programs that have reached over 300,000 people. CCF is a registered non-profit in Namibia, the UK, Canada and the US. People can learn more about CCF or make a donation to the organization by visiting


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Pubblicata la relazione CITES sul commercio clandestino di ghepardi!

EP DELEGATION IN NAMIBIA!The long awaited CITES report about the illegal trade of cheetahs has been published. A big step forward. Please check it out! Worth reading!

Please donate to the Cheetah Conservation Fund! YOU will make the difference!

Thank you,

Betty von Hoenning

Cheetah Conservation Fund Italy


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Corsi di formazione artigianale della Greater Waterberg Landscape

Il Cheetah Conservation Fund si trova di fronte all’Altopiano del Waterberg.

Questa zona, impervia e selvaggia sulla cima, ma ricca di acqua come lo stesso nome dice, era stata scelta da alcune comunità di coloni tedeschi che avevano lasciato la Germania alla fine del 1800, per andare in cerca di fortuna, investendo in aziende agricole e commerci con gli Herero. In seguito, dopo una serena convivenza di alcuni anni, è stata teatro di tristi vicende, ormai  piu’ di cento anni fa, quando proprio tra il Grande e il Piccolo Waterberg ebbero luogo scontri tra Herero e tedeschi. Nel 1915, la Germania abbandono’ la Namibia e cosi’ ebbe fine l’era dell’Africa Sudoccidentale, a cui subentrarono gli inglesi prima, e i sudafricani dopo. Tutta la zona oggi è disseminata di farm agricole e allevamenti di bestiame, e si è consorziata nella  “Greater Waterberg Landscape”, di cui anche il Cheetah Conservation Fund fa parte. 

Artisans Receive Training in Crafts Development
(Otjiwarongo, Namibia) 28 March 2014 – Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) hosted a group of 20 Namibian artisans from the Greater Waterberg Landscape at their education and research centre outside Otjiwarongo. The gathering targeted artisans from five different conservancies around the Waterberg Plateau Park, including Ozonahi, African Wild Dog, Otjituuo, Okamatapati (known as Hereroland) and the Waterberg Conservancy, which making up the Greater Waterberg Landscape. Training was conducted by, the Peace Jewellery Collection, specialising in producing semi-precious stone jewellery and leatherwork.
For three days, the artists from various conservancies learned how to make, package, label, and market their crafts. The group consisted of both men and women who are currently involved in producing artisan crafts. The founder of the Peace Collection, Ricky /Xhaxab, stated “I was impressed by how quickly the group learned and worked well together. It is hoped that they will form a cooperative within their artisan community and market their crafts collectively.” The group have agreed on their name to be the Greater Waterberg Landscape Artisans.
The training was to help teach them about product development which can supply their community with an alternate income stream. Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund said “trainings such as these are integral to the work of CCF as thriving communities are vital for thriving ecosystems and ultimately the survival of the cheetah.”
The Greater Waterberg Landscape was formed in 2007 with the objective of growing biodiversity conservation and eliminating poverty by uplifting socio-economic development. In 2011, the Greater Waterberg Landscape became one of five landscapes in Namibia working in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment (MET) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in a programme called NAMPLACE (Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative). Four of the conservancies within the GWL are in the eastern communal area known as Hereroland consisting of nearly 22,500 people, with a high density of cattle verse a low density of wildlife. The GWL has a vision to restore a wildlife base and develop alternate sources of income through an integrated conservancy programme. CCF, a research centre within the GWC is actively working to help build capacity within the communities by building skills through workshops such as high quality crafts, tourism, integrated farmer training, wildlife management, and bush harvesting eventually leading to wildlife reintroductions in the area.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is a Namibian non-profit trust dedicated to the long-term survival of the cheetah and its ecosystems. Since 1990, the organisation has developed education and conservation programmes based on its bio-medical cheetah research studies, published scientific research papers and has presented educational programmes to over 350 000 outreach school learners and over 1500 farmers. In addition, CCF has donated over 450 Anatolian Shepherd livestock guarding dogs to commercial and communal farmers as part of their innovative non-lethal livestock management programme. Research into cheetah biology and ecology has greatly increased our understanding of the fastest land animal, and education programmes for schools and the farming community help change public attitudes to allow predator and humans to co-exist. In 2012, together with NamPlace, CCF conducted a Needs Assessment Survey, covering the major areas of the Greater Waterberg Landscape. From the survey, the community identified bush encroachment as a problem and the need for livestock, wildlife and rangeland management training as well as asking for training in community tourism and craft production.
For more information on CCF’s research, conservation and education programmes, please contact CCF at: Cheetah Conservation Fund, PO Box 1755, Otjiwarongo, Namibia; Tel : (067) 306225; Fax: (067) 306247; E-mail: ; Website:

Il tour Europeo della dr. Laurie Marker -versione originale


Giovedi’ 27 febbraio 2014
I had a very fast turnaround to the airport with less than three days home from the UAE heading off to Europe. However, we had a German TV crew at CCF filming for their show “Waisenhaus für wilde Tiere” so we anesthetized and brought to the clinic D’Artagnan, one of our male cheetahs, who needed treatment for an injured leg.
My European Tour began with a lecture to conservation biology students at Kent University through the help of Niki Rust, one of my PhD students, and several meetings with her professors. The next day was the big CCF UK fundraising event at the Royal Institution in London with Jonathan and Angela Scott from Big Cat Diary. The night was a success for the cheetah with over 200 people joining us!

At the Royal Institution in London

In London I was invited to the Illegal Wildlife Trade reception, convened by the British Government. I met with colleges and government official from across 50 counties. CCF collaborated with ZSL’s (Institute of Zoology) Cheetah & Wild Dog Conservation Planning Process with a poster highlighting the illegal pet trade on cheetah.
I then traveled to France, where, in Paris, I met with past volunteers and supporters. I then headed to La Fleché with Catherine Ebbs-Perin, the president of our French support group Amifelin, for a media interview and then a private dinner with CCF supporters, hosted by Pasquel Fournie from Fous de Nature at ‘Moulin des Season’. The next day, over 100 people attended our CCF Cheetah Conference and film viewing hosted by Pasquel Fournie.

In La Fleché, France

My next stop in France was Nantes Veterinary School. Annually, CCF has interns that come from this school and we hope that many more will come to Namibia.
When I arrived in Holland, long-time supporter and my close friends the Louwman family of Wassenaar Wildlife Breeding Centre, picked me up from the airport and took me to a lovely dinner. I was able to meet with Simone Echardt from our support organization, Stitching SPOTS. The next day, I went to Van Hall University in Leuwarden where I was greeted by over 100 students and a number of past interns. It was great to reconnect with them.

In La Fleché, France

At Van Hall University

I then went to Germany to meet our German cheetah colleagues from AGA, Birgit Braun and Teresia Rebitschko. We had several meetings including a meeting with Namibian Tourism Board and with Roland Melisch, the Director of TRAFFIC’s Africa & Europe programs where we talked about the rising problems around illegal live trade of cheetah.
Heading out of the continent, I was given a special behind the scenes tour of the Frankfurt airport detection dog training program, which includes using the detection dogs to find, among other things, wildlife and wildlife products.
As I arrived home I met up with Ryan Sucaet (Assistant Cheetah Keeper) and Matti Nghikembua (Senior Ecologist) with a film crew from German TV’s educational programme “pur+” at Erindi Private Game Reserve for the rerelease of Athena into the wild. The next day, Ryan reported that Athena had settled well and had already made a wildebeest calf kill.
With all my travels, it is nice to be back home in Namibia.

Many Cheetah Purrs,

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