A beautiful face with vigilant, amber eyes scanning the savanna for any predators or prey. Life and death are thoroughly intertwined. Decades of persecution, loss of habitat and prey have now left our generation with the task of saving this inspiring cat from becoming extinct. Coexistence is the key to survival for both wildlife and people.
I painted this serene moment to capture the grace of the cheetah and the warm colours of the African plains. In 18-20 months, this cheetah cub will be ready for its own journey of life, birth and death. The cycle depends upon a skilled, caring mother as she nurtures her young, hunts for their next meal, and defends her cubs against dangers. The fastest animal is already running it most important race: the one for its own survival. ~ Daniel Taylor
The Cheetah Conservation Fund's vision is to see a world in which cheetahs live and flourish in coexistence with people within a sustainable system that is protective of the environment, socially responsible and economically viable. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, its mission is "to be the world's resource charged with protecting the cheetah and ultimately ensuring its future on our planet. CCF will work 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." As Namibia has the largest and healthiest population of cheetahs left in the world, CCF's International Research and Education Centre is based in Namibia, near Otjiwarongo.
CCF's stance is that understanding the cheetah's biology and ecology is essential to stabilize the population and manage its sustainability for the future. Its strategy to save the wild cheetah is a three-pronged process of research, conservation and education, beginning with long-term studies to understand and monitor the factors affecting the cheetah's survival. Results of these studies are used to develop conservation policies and programs to sustain its populations. CCF actively works with local, national and international communities to raise awareness, communicate, educate and train.
CCF is a proactive organization that finds practical solutions to help people to help the cheetah and this is reflected in the CCF Vision: "We see a world in which cheetahs live and flourish in co-existence with people and the environment".