Saving Cheetahs with Dr. Laurie Marker: A Cheetah Conservation Fund Fundraiser


The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles is collaborating with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in a unique fundraising event. This program will feature an interview with CCF founder Dr. Laurie Marker, and will include a raffle with earnings going to the CCF. 5o% of ticket sales will be donated to CCF.


Click here to make a donation to the Cheetah Conservation Fund 

Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, has dedicated her life to protecting and conserving cheetahs. She has developed innovative programs, such as the Livestock Guarding Dog program and BushBlok eco-log, to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. CCF’s work has helped stabilize the cheetah population in Namibia, and Laurie was instrumental in the successful cheetah reintroduction project in India.

Growing up on a small farm in California instilled a love of animals in Laurie from a young age. In 1974, she began working with cheetahs and over 250 other wildlife species as the Veterinary

 Clinic Supervisor and Cheetah Curator at Wildlife Safari. Laurie was captivated by this feline icon of speed and grace and wanted to know more about this amazing creature. Over the next 14 years, she established the most successful captive cheetah-breeding programs in the United States and the third most successful program in the world. In 1990, Laurie sold her worldly belongings, and founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the same year that Namibia gained its independence. The following year, she permanently relocated to this new African nation and made it her home ever since. Under her leadership, CCF has grown from a research outpost into a world-class cheetah research, education, and conservation institution.


Dr. Marker will share the latest updates on CCF’s work including hosting the world’s first Global Cheetah Summit, the reintroduction of animals into several historic regions, the disruption of the illegal wildlife trade in the Horn of Africa, and how CCF’s work for the past 34 years has become the gold standard in cheetah conservation.

Dr. Laurie Marker is a conservation scientist and Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. An expert with more than 45 years’ experience creating conservation strategies for cheetahs specializing in human-wildlife conflict, illegal wildlife trade, human livelihoods and captive breeding, Dr. Marker has published more than 150 research papers and five books. In 2018, she co-edited and co-authored the most comprehensive textbook on the species, CHEETAHS: Biology & Conservation. Dr. Marker is a member of IUCN’s Cat Specialist Group and Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council, and she serves as Scientific Advisor for the Mountain Lion Foundation. In 2021, she was named a Founding Trustee for the Global Fund for the Arabian Leopard, a quasi-governmental organization for big cat conservation based in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Marker earned her DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford. She is a Professor-at-Large with Cornell University in the United States. 


Dr. Marker began working with cheetahs at Oregon’s Wildlife Safari in 1974, and in 1990, she launched CCF in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, the “Cheetah Capital of the World” with a mission of creating a permanent place for cheetahs on Earth. Currently, Dr Marker is developing a second Cheetah Centre in Somaliland to support East African populations and serve as a base for CCF’s project to combat the illegal wildlife trade in cubs.

This program was organized by Alan Feldstein #1094.