“Cheetah work wins Lowell Thomas Award”

CCF FOUNDER LAURIE MARKER RECEIVES THE EXPLORERS CLUB’S

LOWELL THOMAS AWARD

Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), received the Lowell Thomas Award at the Explorers Club annual awards dinner, held in New York City, USA on 23 October.  The award honors outstanding achievements in the field of exploration and this year centered on the theme “Exploring Extinction. Is It Forever?” Marker was recognised for her work of over three decades to stabilize cheetah numbers in the wild through research, education and building partnerships.

Wildlife expert Jim Fowler nominated Marker for the award based on her efforts to unite a nation, a continent, and the world in the effort to save the cheetah.  “As past chair of the Conservancy Association of Namibia for six years, Laurie used education and collaboration with local farmers and landowners to form conservancies to provide thousands of contiguous acres of land where cheetahs can roam more safely,” said Fowler.  “She learned that with improved livestock and wildlife management techniques, cheetah, people and livestock can peacefully co-exist. “

Wildlife expert Jim Fowler nominated Marker for the award based on her efforts to unite a nation, a continent, and the world in the effort to save the cheetah.  “As past chair of the Conservancy Association of Namibia for six years, Laurie used education and collaboration with local farmers and landowners to form conservancies to provide thousands of contiguous acres of land where cheetahs can roam more safely,” said Fowler.  “She learned that with improved livestock and wildlife management techniques, cheetah, people and livestock can peacefully co-exist. “

The Explorers Club’s award is named in honour of Lowell Thomas, whose ambition was “to know more about this globe than anyone else ever has”, travelled to remote sites around the world in the early 1900s and led the way for modern explorers and scientists.

Marker founded the non-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990 and based its international centre in Namibia, the country with the largest remaining wild cheetah population.  The world population of wild cheetahs is approximately 10,000 individuals and is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. For more information on CCF, visit www.cheetah.org.

This year’s other Lowell Thomas Award winners are: Peter C. Keller; Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher; Curt and Micheline-Nicole Jenner; John Hare; Linda Elkins-Tanton; Ian Mackenzie and Nancy Sullivan.

Congratulation Dr. Laurie and everyone at CCF.

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