Disappearing Spots Part 2: The Cheetah Pet Trade with Dr. Laurie
November 5, 2018
Hosted by Eli Weiss
We had an incredible opportunity to catch up again with Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund before she heads back to Namibia. With the illegal wildlife trade so much in the spotlight now, today we highlight the lesser-known incidents of illegal pet trade and trafficking in cheetah and its’ detrimental impact across the planet on the overall wild, and captive, gene pool. An estimated 300 cheetahs are poached and smuggled each year, and illegally sold in the Arabian Peninsula pet trade, and of that only one out of six cubs survive. While we often think of rhinos and elephants as the species critically endangered by the illegal trade, the cheetah is literally fighting for its survival with fewer than 7,500 remaining across populations that are highly fragmented and 80% of those located outside protected areas, putting the cheetah at great risk for extinction. For a species with low populations numbers to begin with, losses to trafficking threaten the cheetah’s very existence.
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A photographer, philanthropist and Wildlife Conservationist, Eli Weiss grew up in Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado, attended university in Colorado and the UK, and after spending time in Aspen from 1963-1979 she settled in Woody Creek, where, in 2000 she founded the non-profit WildiZe Foundation. In Founding Wildize, Weiss was able to combine her love of photography, art, nature, environmental ethics and conservation in such a way as to benefit our planet. The Foundation serves individuals and educational institutions dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, wildlife habitats and the indigenous cultures of Africa and raises awareness through on-the-ground projects and education both in Africa and the United States. Their mission is to establish direct relationships to projects in sub-Saharan Africa, offering targeted grant funding that support conservation efforts, educational programs and sustainable indigenous economies. Several times per year, Weiss visits the Foundation's grantees across sub-Saharan Africa, developing ongoing programs and building new, long-term relationships. Weiss has worked with experts and leaders in the field of conservation, administering over 2.5 million dollars of public and private grant funding across 75 grantees from specialists to community groups, giving her a well-rounded depth of knowledge critical to raising awareness of the various issues and toward implementing solid solutions based on science, the environment and culture.