Umtha is honoured that the Cheetah Conservation Foundation (CCF) is one of our important customers. Cheetah-featuring earrings, bracelets and necklaces are stocked at their Information Centre shop in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. Dr Laurie Marker, CCF’s director, sells our jewellery and other shop items on her international lecture tours.
Here’s a bit on info on this world-renowned organisation doing incredible work in conserving one of Africa’s most iconic animals.
CCF’s Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marker established the Cheetah Conservation Foundation in 1990, based in Otjiwarongo, Namibia – the “cheetah capital of the world”. CCF is the Global Centre for cheetah conservation and is an open-to-the-public Field Research Centre, running a variety of programmes specifically designed to help the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including local communities and farmers.
CCF’s programmes include a model farm with integrated wildlife, cattle, goats, sheep, and a Livestock Guarding Dog programme. The education programmes teach “Future Farmers of Africa” integrated methods in livestock and wildlife management and the children of Namibia learn about a healthy ecosystem and how the cheetah is a part of it. CCF’s genetics lab and veterinary clinic further their research on the health and effects of limited genetic diversity for the cheetah.
The surrounding sanctuary houses over 40 cheetahs in very large enclosures, most which cannot be released back into the wild. The cheetahs which can be released are kept in areas away from the public. CCF has released over 600 cheetahs back into the wild and has developed rehabilitation programmes, putting over 30 orphan cheetahs through this process, to live and survive back out in the wild. With each obstacle, Dr. Marker is finding new innovative ways to work with local communities and farmers in finding solutions to combat the nearing extinction of the cheetah.
You can help to spread their message, visit them, or donate to help them save the wild cheetah.