Cheetah Expert Laurie Marker Speaking at WPI About Education and Technology in Cheetah Conservation

Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706


Dr. Laurie Marker, an expert on cheetahs and co-founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), is traveling from Namibia to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to discuss the importance of education and using technology to allow humans and cheetahs to live together. This is one of the first stops on her 40-date nationwide speaking tour.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world (capable of speeds of 65 mph), but they are highly threatened. A recent book, Monster of God, states, "The last wild, free-ranging populations of cats will disappear sometime around the middle of the next century." However, Marker and others are implementing strategies to forestall this disaster.


Laurie Marker is co-founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, based in the African nation of Namibia. Having worked with cheetahs since 1974, Marker set up the not-for-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund in 1990, moving to Namibia to develop a permanent conservation research center for the wild cheetah. In 1992, the Cheetah Conservation Fund became a registered Namibian Trust. Today CCF’s activities are housed at their International Research and Education Centre in the main cheetah habitat of the country. In July 2000, CCF opened their field research station to the public, having developed a Visitor’s Centre, a Cheetah Museum and an Education Centre.

For more information about Laurie Marker and the Cheetah Conservation Fund, visit the organization’s Web site at www.cheetah.org.


Friday, September 10, 2004
1 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum room (top level)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.



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