Palo Alto University Rotary welcomed Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which aims to preserve the Namibian Cheetah population, as well as their ecosystem by spreading awareness, raising funds, and educating the local community.  Dr. Marker spoke of the plight of this endangered cat and how a steady population actually improves the surrounding environment, which helps local livestock owners by balancing the ecosystem.  Dr. Marker also discussed the prevalence of the invasive Namibian thorn bush, and how the Cheetah Conservation Fund harvests the bush and sells pieces as firelogs.  What a clever way to improve the land and support this beautiful animal!

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