For those of you who don’t yet know the magic of Earthwatch, then you can find out more here on their brand spanking new blog: Earthwatch Unlocked. In today’s blog they follow the work of their scientific research with cheetahs in Namibia, a project which you yourself can participate in. And if you didn’t know about Oceans Project Georgia, then you can find out more about us in Earthwatch’s January newsletter: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/newsroom/volunteering/oceans-project-georgia.html We are currently raising funds to send young people from the former soviet republic of Georgia on Earthwatch expeditions around the world. We are incredibly grateful for the full support of Earthwatch in our endeavours and look forward to the kids blogs live from the field come summer!
I’m amazed at how much great work goes on at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) research and education center in Namibia—we get so many exciting updates from them it can be hard to keep up without a cheetah’s speed.
But Earthwatch volunteers have indeed kept pace with Dr. Laurie Marker and all of CCF’s dedicated staff for years through the Cheetah Conservation in Namibia expedition. Earthwatchers help CCF accomplish what once seemed impossible: saving the cheetah from extinction in a land where 90% of them live on farmlands and have traditionally been in conflict with humans. Managing human/wildlife conflict is one of the most important challenges facing environmental conservation today, so it’s always incredibly gratifying to read the reports from CCF and the evaluations from Earthwatch volunteers who’ve been there, to see that people are out there getting it done, and done right.Eleanor York (Carmarthenshire, UK) in the green…
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