Dr. Laurie Marker to Give Cathryn Hilker, Founder of Cincinnati Zoo Cat Ambassador Program, the 2017 Cheetah Conservation Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2017) – Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest running cheetah conservation program in the world, will present its 2017 Cheetah Conservation Award to Cathryn Hilker, Founder of the Cincinnati Zoo Cat Ambassador Program at a special dinner at the zoo in Hilker’s honor. This occasion marks the first time CCF will give this award.
“Cathryn Hilker is a dear friend and big cat supporter that has been long associated with CCF and its mission of creating a permanent place for cheetahs on Earth,” said Dr. Laurie Marker. “It is an honor to know Cathryn, and I am exceptionally pleased to be giving her this award. She has dedicated a significant portion of her life to sustaining the cheetah and pioneering cat ambassador programs.”
The award will be given at an event hosted by The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden honoring Cathryn Hilker on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the award, the evening will include a talk by Dr. Marker, a cheetah ambassador encounter and dinner on the Africa Deck. The Cincinnati Zoo Foundation also plans to officially announce The Cathryn Hilker Angel Fund dedicated to the conservation of cats in the wild.
The event is by invitation only. Dr. Marker is available for media interview before and after the event.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2017) – Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and one of the world’s leading experts on the cheetah, today announced dates for her upcoming, five-week speaking tour in the United States.
Traveling from her CCF field headquarters in Namibia, Dr. Marker will begin her U.S. engagements with a week in residence as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Marker will interact with students and professors during the week of March 27-31, 2017, as a guest lecturer and on March 28, she will give an on-campus public talk in the school’s Biotechnology Building, “The Amazing Race… to Save the Cheetah.” In this presentation, Dr. Marker will chronicle her 40-plus-year career that has taken her around the globe several times in efforts to save the world’s fastest land mammal from extinction.
Immediately following her week at Cornell, Dr. Marker will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for a fundraising event with special guest Jim Fowler of television’s legendary Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia. At the event, Dr. Marker will speak and bestow CCF Silver Medallions on Fowler and John Wilson, a CCF Trustee and longtime supporter, and Dante Stephensen, a well-known Atlanta businessman and former owner of Dante’s Down the Hatch, for their many important contributions to cheetah conservation.
On April 5, Dr. Marker will appear at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s dinner honoring local resident Cathryn Hilker, Founder of the Cincinnati Zoo Cat Ambassador Program. Dr. Marker and Hilker have known each other for 30 years and have a shared passion for cheetah conservation. Cathryn Hilker and her late husband Carl were integral to the development of CCF in Namibia and played an instrumental role in acquiring some of the land where CCF’s Field Research & Education Centre is now based. Dr. Marker will give a talk about cheetahs and present Cathryn Hilker with the 2017 CCF Cheetah Conservation Award, marking the first occasion on which this honor will be given.
In Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Marker will make a presentation and hold a Q&A session following a screening of an extended cut of a Born to Explore with Richard Wiese episode featuring Dr. Marker and CCF to be televised on PBS later this year. At this “Wild About Cheetahs” event held at The Loft Cinema, Dr. Marker will also sell and autograph copies of her book, A Future for Cheetahs.
On April 19, Dr. Marker will speak at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. She will be joined by a canine animal ambassador that represents the livestock guarding dogs Dr. Marker introduced to Africa in 1994 that help protect cheetahs from conflict with farmers. On April 22, Dr. Marker will host another public talk at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California, to honor the cheetah on Earth Day. Later that evening, she will host a fundraising event, “Sundowner in the Desert,” featuring an ambassador cheetah at a private residence.
Next, Dr. Marker will present back-to-back events in New Jersey. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, Dr. Marker will address 200 young learners at the Liberty Science Center in Liberty, New Jersey, on the role livestock guarding dogs play in cheetah conservation, “The Human-Wildlife Conflict: How Dogs Are Saving Cats.” In the evening, Dr. Marker will co-host a fundraising event with television host Richard Wiese at Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey. The pair will speak about the need for stepped up conservation efforts to save the species and screen the extended cut of Born to Explore featuring Dr. Marker and CCF.
Dr. Marker will conclude her public speaking tour with a presentation at the Wildlife Conservation Network Spring Expo on the campus of Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California, on April 29, 2017.
Dr. Marker will visit several other cities on this tour for private events and meetings, including Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Washington, District of Columbia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Jacksonville, Florida.
For her full Spring Tour itinerary and list of events, go to cheetah.org/events.
Cheetah Conservation Fund Demonstrates CK-3 Carbonizing Kiln for Industry Delegation atits Biomass Technology Demonstration Centre
gies are utilised in the manufacture of briquette logs, charcoal hex logs, lump charcoal, and for pyrolysis-based electrical generation. Phase two will include other promising technologies to be employed in wood pellet production, including alternative chipping power trains and Stirling engines. The CK-3 is primarily used to carbonize some of the Bushblok that CCF produces, but will also be used to demonstrate production of traditional charcoal from raw wood pieces. The new kiln has been in operation at CCF since November of 2016.
CCF’s production of Bushblok is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)™, a standard that ensures products come from responsibly managed lands and provide environmental, social and economic benefits. It is the highest standard in forestry management. Bushblok is used for cooking fires, braai, home heating and industrial heat applications and is classified as a smokeless fuel.
“CCF’s Bush Project and its sustainable harvest of overgrown thornbush restores grasslands for farmers and livestock, and allows for more space for predators and their prey. It also helps stave off desertification, which is a critical concern for Namibia, with its arid climate and millions of hectares of encroached lands”, said Dr Laurie Marker, CCF Founder and Executive Director. “We are very pleased to have the support of the European Union in this important project”.