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Roger Williams Park Zoo To Host Conservation Lecture

Highly adaptive and built for astounding speeds, the cheetah is one of the most captivating animals on our planet.  The cheetah’s speed, intelligence, and beauty leave those fortunate enough to see them in awe.

Since the big cat is a smart and tactical hunter, many people don’t know that the cheetah is actually a vulnerable species.  The statistics are scary.  Over the last 100 years, over 90 percent of wild cheetah populations have been lost.  A major threat facing the remaining populations in the wild is habitat loss through both industrial and agricultural sprawl.

Bringing awareness to the plight of the wild cheetah is crucial in the conservation of the species.  On April 13, join Roger Williams Park Zoo in welcoming one of the world’s leading experts on the cheetah, research scientist and conservation biologist Dr. Laurie Marker.

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Dr. Marker is founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and has pioneered research, established conservation models and paved the way toward all new cooperative alliances on behalf of the cheetah.

Resting on a 100,000 acre wildlife and livestock private reserve near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, CCF has evolved into a world-class cheetah research, education, and conservation organization under Dr. Marker’s continued leadership.

This conservation lecture is suggested for ages 13 and up and will take place from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST on April 13.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is an AZA accredited zoological facility in Providence, Rhode Island.  Registration is required.  The lecture cost is $25 per person and includes light refreshments.  All profits will support the CCF.  Click here to register.

Can’t make it to the lecture?  You can still pick up a copy of Dr. Marker’s book, A Future for Cheetahs here.




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