A Valentine's Day Treat
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Love your Predators: A Valentine's Date with Big Cats”:
Cheetah Conservation Fund Hosts World-famous Photographers and Authors in Windhoek
PRESS RELEASE - 18 January 2012
CONTACT: Dr. Laurie Marker cell: +264 (0) 81-1247887
(Otjiwarongo, Namibia) – Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), announced today that Jonathan and Angela Scott, of world fame for their photographs, books, and the internationally acclaimed TV series “Big Cat Diaries,” will visit CCF’s centre near Otjiwarongo, followed by a lecture and fundraiser in Windhoek on the 14 February. The lecture, “A Valentine’s Date With Big Cats”, will be held at the Thule Hotel at 18.30 hs.
The evening talk will include stunning images featuring, arguably one of the world's seven natural wonders, the Masai Mara in Kenya. Jonathan and Angie will share some great anecdotes about the lives of the magnificent 'Big Cats'. “Jonathan and Angie are two of the most respected conservationists in the world, and few people know the importance of predators more than them,” said Marker. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to host them during this visit to Namibia and to share their knowledge and passion with our supporters and friends.”
The Scotts are Namibia to attend the African Lion Working Group Conference in Etosha National Park from the 10-11 Feb, and will participate in a week-long safari to the Skeleton Coast and Serra Cafema close to the Angolan border as guests of Wilderness Safaris. “Namibia is one of our favourite wild places, one of the most scenic spots on the planet. We are regular contributors to national and international wildlife and travel magazines and will be writing up our adventures on our return to our home in East Africa. In the meantime we will be sure to enjoy your remarkable country,” said Scott. “As Honorary Patrons of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (UK) we are thrilled with the opportunity to join Dr Laurie Marker and reacquaint ourselves with the work of the Fund. “
Jonathan and Angie Scott are award winning authors and internationally renowned wildlife photographers based in Kenya. They have written and illustrated 26 books and are the only couple to have individually won the Overall Award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition – Jonathan in 1987 and Angie in 2002. They have been honoured as Canon Ambassadors - and members of the SanDisk Elite Team - a small group of world-renowned photographers whose work and ethos has proved an inspiration to others. They divide their time between their beautiful home in a leafy suburb of Nairobi - with giraffe as their neighbours - and a cottage at Governor’s Camp overlooking the animal speckled plains of the Masai Mara, Africa’s finest wildlife area and the location for many of the popular TV series that Jonathan has presented, such as Big Cat Diary, Elephant Diaries, Big Bear Diary, and Dawn to Dusk.
Jonathan and Angie’s passion for wild places spans the globe: from Africa to the frozen icescape of Antarctica. The Scotts host small groups of fellow travellers to India, Bhutan, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia – and the Mara - to name just a few of their favourite destinations, sharing their expertise as naturalists and photographers in the form of stimulating photo workshops. Reproductions of the Scotts’ stunning wildlife and travel photographs are available through their Fine Art Gallery, and their extensive Photographic Stock Library profiles the depth and range of their work which is available on license for commercial and editorial usage.
The Scotts have dedicated their lives to helping to preserve the planet’s last great wilderness areas and in particular its big cats. They are highly sought after motivational speakers, enthralling their audience with the depth of their knowledge and the beauty of their imagery.
The wild cheetah population has decreased 90% in just over 100 years, from 100,000 in 44 countries at end of the 19th century to approximately 10,000 today. Cheetahs are found in 23 African countries, with a small group (approximately 70) in Iran. CCF aims to conserve the cheetah and ultimately ensure its future on our planet by working with all stakeholders within the cheetah’s ecosystem to develop best practices in research, education and ecology and create a sustainable model from which all other species, including people, will benefit.
Tickets are N$250 and include appetizers. For information about the event or to reserve tickets, contact the CCF: Heike at 067-304 806 or 081-3454605, and Santa 067-306 225 or 081-610 6884.
Photo: Award-winning authors and photographers, Jonathan and Angela Scott, to lecture in Windhoek on 14 February. (c) Jonathan and Angela Scott. (click on image to download high resolution).
The Cheetah Conservation Fund, with over 20 years in helping to save the wild cheetah, is a Namibia, USA, UK and Canadian non-profit trust dedicated to the long-term survival of the cheetah and its ecosystems.
- Since 1990, the organisation has developed education and conservation programmes based on its bio-medical and ecological cheetah research, published scientific research papers and has presented educational programmes to more than 350,000 outreach school learners, donated nearly 400 livestock guarding dogs to commercial and communal farmers as part of the CCF innovative non-lethal livestock management programme, and has established a cheetah genome resource bank of cheetah sperm, tissue and blood samples.
- Research into cheetah biology and ecology has greatly increased our understanding of the fastest land animal and education programmes for schools and the farming community help change public attitudes to allow predator and humans to co-exist. However, despite the many successes of CCF programmes, the cheetah is still Africa’s most endangered big cat with approximately 10,000 cheetahs remaining.
- Cheetah populations continue to decline throughout their range in Africa due to habitat and prey loss. This situation is exacerbated in poor rural areas where subsistence farming practices can lead to increased farmer-cheetah conflict, with serious consequences on both sides. Cheetah survival is therefore dependent on training subsistence farmers to improve their management practices, for the benefit of all. CCF encourages farmers to take a unified and systematic approach to cheetah conservation including research, monitoring and conflict mitigation measures.
- Jonathan Scott is an Honorary Patron of the CCF UK, a registered charity. For more information about CCF UK visit www.cheetah.org.uk or contact email@example.com
For more information:Cheetah Conservation FundPO Box 1755, Otjiwarongo, NamibiaTel: +264 (0) 67 306225Fax: +264 (0) 67 306247E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.cheetah.org