WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) – Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) Founder and Executive Director Dr. Laurie Marker will launch a six-week tour with public and private speaking engagements in the U.S. with back-to-back events in Denver and Aspen, Colorado, on March 13 and 14, 2018. The theme of this year’s tour is “Disappearing Spots.” The theme refers to the 2016 landmark cheetah population study co-authored by Dr. Marker that identified the species’ swift decline and estimated the remaining population to be just 7,100 – down from 100,000 a century ago.
Traveling from her CCF Field Research and Education Centre in Namibia, Dr. Marker will talk about the plight of the cheetah and threats the species faces in the wild. Problems like human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss and loss of prey, and illegal trafficking have made the cheetah the most endangered big cat in Africa. Dr. Marker will also speak about her life’s work, including the research, education and highly successful conservation programs of CCF that helped make Otjiwarongo, the town where CCF is based, the “Cheetah Capital of the World.” Dr. Marker’s most recent publication, CHEETAHS: Biology and Conservation, a comprehensive textbook she co-authored and co-edited, will be available for purchase at all tour dates, with a portion of proceeds supporting cheetah conservation. By increasing public awareness of the cheetah’s situation, Dr. Marker believes people can make all the difference and help the world’s fastest land mammal outrun extinction.
Spring 2018 U.S. Tour (CCF SoCal Dates):
March 13 – Denver, Colorado
March 14 – Aspen, Colorado
March 17 – San Francisco, California
March 21 – Palm Springs, California
March 22 and 23 – Dallas, Texas
March 24 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 25 and 26 – St. Louis, Missouri
March 27 – Seabrook, South Carolina
March 28 and 29 – Washington, D.C.
March 31 – Monterey, California
April 3 – Palo Alto, California
April 4 – San Francisco, California
April 5 – San Jose, California
April 6 – San Francisco, California
April 8, 9 and 10 – Los Angeles, California
April 12 and 13 – San Diego, California
April 15 – Seattle, Washington
April 16 and 17 – Portland, Oregon
April 18, 19 and 20 – San Francisco Bay Area
April 21 – Redwood City, California (WCN Spring Expo)
Dr. Marker is available for media interviews while traveling on her tour, and media are invited to attend her presentations. Please inquire for details.