The world’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction: International Cheetah Day

From their website:

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) needs your help as you celebrate International Cheetah Day. Make sure to gather more information about cheetahs and spread the word about wildlife conservation. Try making small changes in your everyday life to help your local wildlife and stay involved through service projects or fundraising to help international wildlife.

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. Show solidarity through fashion. Wear cheetah print (a single accessory or head to toe!)
  3. Swap your online profile photo for a cheetah. Choose one further down the page.
  4. Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay. Use our special made Tweet Sheet to send tweets simply and easily. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button in the right-hand column to instantly post to your Twitter page.
  5. Download our Cheetah Activity Packet designed by CCF Namibia’s education staff. When you finish print out your Certificate of Cheetah Achievement included!
  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).
  8. Text to Give a $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.
  10. Sponsor/adopt a resident cheetah from CCF’s sanctuary. Click to Sponsor a Cheetah!


Why December 4th?

It is the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah Dr. Laurie 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, and she eventually brought Khayam back to the US. 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. So 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.

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