Starting a new Chapter in Atlanta


This past Saturday, April 30th we had two special events to introduce the incredible work Dr Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), has been, and still is doing in Namibia.

The objective is to raise awareness for the plight of the Cheetahs, to educate about the dangers that face our Cheetahs in the parts they are still remaining in the wild. Raising funding to help with the critical research involved with the work to establish genetic variety for this endangered species is crucial as well, the work must continue!

The private luncheon was held at the studios of Friendly Human in Atlanta GA. Several new faces attended and we all socialized and introduced our involvement and passion for the Cheetahs and CCF. Other non profits such as One More Generation and The Explorer's Club attended as well.

I Ride 4 Cheetahs opened up by sharing the passion and love for Cheetahs and introduced Dr Marker to those who had not met her in person. I was truly honored through this though I was not quite prepared, lol! I can get very emotional when talking about something that I am so passionate about. I even forgot to talk about I Ride 4 Cheetahs, eish!! Next time I will be better prepared :)

Friendly Human's Daniel Roberts spoiled us all with a great lunch with a bit of a flair from South Africa with his mielie pap (grits) and biltong (a little similar to jerkey) as well.

Dr Marker moved on to the Conservation Action Resource Center (ARC), Zoo Atlanta for the evening's dinner and lecture hosted by The Explorer's Club Atlanta Chapter.

During dinner Steve Pigott from The Explorer's Club shared what The Explorer's Club was all about.

Zoo Atlanta also treated us to Animal Encounters which was very interesting and informative.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund had several curios for sale, including the book A Future for Cheetahs by Dr Laurie Marker and Suzi Eszterhas. Dr Marker was at the table signing several books that were sold.

Once dinner was over we headed over to the lecture hall where Explorer's Club's Steve Pigott introduced Dr Marker to the audience.

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Dr Laurie Marker shared about the Cheetah and how saving the Cheetah interlinks with many other aspects of the eco system and our local communities.