Unfamiliar landscapes and new models for protecting them can provide invaluable insight for saving our home places. Field trips to different conservation projects combine work and play, giving invaluable perspective and forming new connections. In June and July, Doug and Kris traveled to the Serengeti and Namibia to visit conservation colleagues—and watch a spectacular array of wildlife.
One of the last stops of their trip was with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), which is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild in face of ever-mounting environmental and developmental pressures. Kris met Laurie Marker, CCF’s founder and CEO, years ago, but never before had the chance to see her cheetah conservation work in action. When Laurie heard Doug and Kris planned to visit Namibia, she asked them to act as the special guest speakers at the CCF 14th Annual Gala, in Windhoek, Namibia. The gala, themed “Making Strides for Cheetahs,” honored key Namibians and Cheetah Conservation Fund staff and volunteers who are at the forefront of cheetah conservation.
Kris and Doug were were delighted to act as special guest speakers for the event. They recounted their tale of conservation, and made an impassioned call to the audience to pursue the work of conservation and philanthropy with dedication.
Perhaps the highlight of the whole trip, however, was this moment:
Kris: “Yesterday with Laurie Marker here in Namibia. I was in heaven!”