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Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director, Cheetah Conservation Fund
Partner: Cheetah Conservation Fund
On Wednesday, October 24th, ICCF held a "Meet and Greet" with Kuzo, a cheetah from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, and Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), in the Longworth House Office Building. Representatives Ed Royce, John Tanner, Hal Rogers, Henry Brown, Jeff Flake, Madeleine Bordallo, Vic Snyder, and Sam Graves attended the briefing. In addition, more than 200 staffers from House and Senate officers as well as numerous supporters from the Administration and the corporate community flowed through over a two-hour period.
Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF, which is headquartered in Namibia, Africa, has worked with cheetahs since 1974. She is focused on carrying out CCF's mission: "to secure habitats for the long-term survival of cheetah and their ecosystem through multi-disciplined and integrated programs of conservation, research and education." CCF's activities include bio-medical research to learn more about overall health, diseases, reproduction and genetic make-up of the population; distribution, habitat and ecosystem research; wildlife and livestock management to reduce predator conflicts; and non-lethal predator control methods.
Kuzo, the ambassador cheetah who headlined the event, was featured on the front page of the next morning's edition of Roll Call newspaper.