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The State of the Cheetah: December 4, 2013

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Many people don't even know that the cheetah, the world's icon of speed, is actually racing against extinction. And it's a race that the cheetah will lose without our help. The biggest threat to the cheetah is no surprise. It's us. Humans.

A Crushing Tale

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

There are dozens, even hundreds of species that are being crushed under the heel of the illegal wildlife trade.

Why Did The Cheetah Lick The Camera?

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green

We have for you an accidental, but absolutely amazing moment captured on camera that is sure to make you smile today: an adorable cheetah licking a Go...

The Importance of Labels

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

When I first traveled to Namibia in the 1970's, and met the farmers on the grasslands, I learned that not everyone shared my fascination with the cheetah as an icon of speed and grace. The farmers there had a label for cheetahs, who they saw as a threat to their livelihoods -- "vermin."

WATCH: What Makes World's Fastest Cat Quicker Than Fastest Dog?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science

No runner -- not even the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt -- can beat a cheetah in a race. But this incredible new video from Earth Unplugged sho...

These Cheetah Cubs Really Know How to Party

Posted 08.20.2013 | Good News

Go cheetahs, it’s your birthday, go cheetahs, it’s your birthday! These cubs are having a meowin’ good time on their first birthday as they are ...

We're All in This Together

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

I've always known that we'd never save the cheetah without addressing the real needs of the human communities that live alongside it. It's now becoming clear that the same tactics that we've been using to save cheetahs might also possibly save the world.

What If There Were Lions in America?

Matt Murrie | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if there were lions in America? No, I'm not joking, and neither was Josh Kling when he asked, "What If We Could Bring Back Extant Species" at the last What If...? Conference.

Getting Too Close

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Come to Africa and see our wildlife treasures. When you do, insist that your tour operators observe the rules and keep a safe distance, for both your sake, and the wildlife.

The Problem With a 'Cheetah House'

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Cheetah moms raising cubs in the wild already have it tough -- human wildlife conflict and habitat loss have already decimated the cheetah population by 90 percent in the last 100 years. The Schoemans and their "Cheetah House" have just made it tougher.

WATCH: Cheetah Cubs Unveiled For First Time

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green

Five recently born cheetah cubs made their public debut Tuesday when they were unveiled at an Australian zoo near Adelaide. The cubs were born at M...

WATCH: Cheetahs Race In A Horse Park

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 12.27.2012 | Green

Two Houston Zoo cheetahs recently had a chance to stretch their legs on a run, and their stunning speed was caught on camera. "They need about 600 ...

The Day of the Cheetah

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

International Cheetah Day is a celebration of the magnificence of the cheetah. (Really, is there anything more awe-inspiring than watching a cheetah sprint across the grasslands, every muscle of its body a perfect expression of speed and grace?) It is also an opportunity to take action.

Amazing Look At Fastest Animal On The Planet

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green

They're graceful; they're endangered and they make Usain Bolt look like he's standing still. Cheetahs enjoy the status as the world's fastest runne...

Embracing the Cheetah, Embracing the World

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

It is still my very fervent belief that while we need the help of the whole world to save the cheetah, in doing so, the cheetah has the opportunity to help the whole world in return.

PHOTOS: A Day In The Mala Mala Reserve

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 01.07.2013 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

We began another beautiful morning at Mala Mala searching for lions that had been calling at dawn across the river from the Main Camp. Soon we got a radio call that Keith (the Main Camp Manager) had just sighted a leopard and cub from the camp's deck. We turned and headed to the edge of the river.

Momentum: Moving at Cheetah Speed Towards Solutions

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

The idea is that farmers in cheetah range areas can be monitored and certified as practicing predator-friendly livestock and cattle management.

Committing to the Future: For Cheetahs and Everyone Else, Too

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

The purpose of the Clinton Global Initiative is to help commitment makers like myself connect with potential partners and resources to make these big ideas into reality. Our goal is to create large landscapes that are healthy places for people, livestock and predators and prey.

Biomass Energy: Burning Bushes to Save Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Expansion of the biomass fuel industry in Namibia addresses two problems that are rampant in Africa: poverty and the availability of electric power.

Speed Matters: In the Olympics, in Business, and for Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 10.07.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

With loss of habitat and threats from humans, the cheetah is running its most important race -- the race for survival in the wild. Cheetahs are an endangered species whose population has plummeted by 90 percent in the last century.

National Zoo's Cheetah Cubs Named For Olympic Sprinters

Posted 08.06.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: The results are in! The Smithsonian National Zoo's two cheetah cubs have been named for the fastest male and female Amer...

LOOK: Adorable Cheetahs Are Getting Bigger

Posted 06.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its two six-week-old cheetah cubs, who survived a "rare and risky" birth, are gai...

Why Helping People Is Key to Saving the Endangered Cheetah

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

If the cheetah loses its race for survival, the American Prong-horn Antelope will become the fastest land mammal, and all those textbooks naming the cheetah as the fastest land animal will need to be changed.

WATCH: Cheetah And Puppy Are BFFs

Posted 04.19.2012 | Miami

Last March, Busch Gardens in Tampa received a 3-week-old orphaned male cheetah, which required around-the-clock care as a furry newborn. And becau...

Africa's Wild Cats Captured on Film (PHOTOS)

Millie Kerr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Millie Kerr