December 4th in International Cheetah Day!
Today is the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah Dr. Marker raised from a cub at Wildlife Safari, in Oregon. Khayam was trained for the first research project in rewilding and inspired her first trip to Namibia in 1977.
Dr. Marker took Khayam to Africa to see if she could be taught to hunt in the wild. Through trial and error, Dr. Marker was successful in her efforts.
It was during this time that Dr. Marker found out about how cheetahs were being exterminated by Namibian farmers who viewed them as vermin, and she vowed to do something about it.
Dr. Marker became the cheetah’s champion because of Khayam, and chose this animal’s birthday as a day to promote cheetah conservation in honor of her memory.
Here are 10 things you can do to help us celebrate International Cheetah Day on December 4th!
1. Be a wildlife ambassador. Tell your friends and family about the cheetah.
2. Visit www.internationalcheetahday.org and sign-up to host a cheetah event. Check out what other people around the world are doing to celebrate International Cheetah Day.
3. Swap your online profile photo for a beautiful cheetah picture.
4. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags, #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay.
5. Download our Conservation Passport designed by CCF education specialists in Namibia. Print out your very own Certificate of Cheetah Achievement when you finish your passport! Click Here!
6. Watch and share this special International Cheetah Day video message from Jeff Corwin.
7. Just for kids (or maybe not): download our template to make your own way-cool cheetah mask. It’s fun to impersonate a cheetah! Post a photo of yourself and your cheetah mask to CCF’s Facebook page! (Mask also included in the Cheetah Activity Packet). Click Here!
8. Text to Give at $10 donation to CCF by texting “Cheetah” to 27722.
9. Get some stylish cheetah gear from the CCF Store, at Cafe’ Press, so you can spark conversation about the cheetah all year ‘round. Click Here!
10. Sponsor/adopt a resident cheetah from CCF’s sanctuary. Click to Sponsor a Cheetah!
For More Information Visit: www.Cheetah.org
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