A cheetah expert will speak at a free event open to the public at Cal Poly on Oct. 7.
Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of Cheetah Conservation Fund, will speak at 8 p.m. at Cal Poly’s Fisher Science Building, Room 286.
The talk will be titled “Life of the Cheetah” and provide a comprehensive look at the cat’s unique biology, incredible agility and speed, as well as the threats that make it the most endangered of all big African felines.
“Can you imagine a world without cheetahs? I cannot, and this is what drives me in my conservation work,” Marker said in a statement. “I want as many people as possible to see the cheetah as I do, to appreciate them for being the mystical creatures they are, and to come together in the fight to save them.”
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Marker is known for her expertise in cheetah research and conservation, as well as her holistic conservation strategies aimed at balancing the needs of people and animals sharing common land. Marker was Time magazine’s Heroes for the Planet in 2000 and received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2010, among other honors.