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Events Around the World

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    Online, NY, United States
    January 31, 2017 - 2pm
    Winter Camp - Feathers and Skulls...

    Sponsored by: CCF NY Chapter
    Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa, Namibia
    December 4, 2020 - All Day
    Info Booth
    Sponsored by: CCF Namibia
    Everywhere, NY, United States
    February 14, 2021 - 12:00pm Est
    Chillin for Cheetah
    Sponsored by: CCF NY Chapter
    Carmel, IN, United States
    December 3, 2020 - Open to close
    10% off all sales on Dec. 3

    Sponsored by: Donatello's Italian Restaurant
    Palm Desert, CA, United States
    December 4, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (subject to change)
    International Cheetah Day
    Sponsored by: Southern California Chapter for the Cheetah Conservation Fund
    New York, NY, United States
    January 17, 2017 - 2pm
    Winter Camp - Animal Flow

    Sponsored by: CCF NY Chapter
    Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
    December 4, 2020 - 10am
    International Cheetah Day

    Sponsored by: Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative
    Alexandria, VA, United States
    December 4, 2020 - All Day
    International Cheetah Day
    Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund
    Hargeisa, Somaliland, Somalia
    December 3, 2020 - 3:45pm
    2nd International Cheetah Day ...
    Sponsored by: British Office in Hargeisa, Ministry of Environment and Rural Development and CCF Somaliland
    Lewisburg, OH, United States
    December 5, 2020 - Noon-3pm
    Coffee & Conservation

    Sponsored by: Wild Hearts African Farm
    Anywhere, Anywhere, Germany
    December 4, 2020 - until Dec. 17th 2020
    Auctions for the Cheetahs

    Sponsored by: Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) and United Charity
    Anywhere in the world!, IN, United States
    December 4, 2020 - All Day!
    Save The Cheetah 5K

    Sponsored by: CCF & Virtual Run Events
    Anywhere, Anywhere, Germany
    December 4, 2020 - Participants choose a time between Dec 2nd and Dec 4th to run their run
    Runny´s Highspeed Run for the ...

    Sponsored by: Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V. and Runny´s
    Worldwide!, ANY, Uruguay
    December 4, 2020 - All through Dec 4th to Dec 6th
    Cheetah Day 2020 Weekend Charity...

    Sponsored by: Sofia & Shetani
    Cincinnati, OH, United States
    December 4, 2020 - 10:00 EST
    International Cheetah Day Facebook...

    Sponsored by: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
    San Diego, CA and Palm Desert, CA, CA, United States
    December 3, 2020 - All Day
    International Cheetah Day ~ December...

    Sponsored by: Southern California Chapter -- CCF

Here are some things you can do to celebrate International Cheetah Day on December 4th:

  1. Participate in one of the events happening on the International Cheetah Day website https://internationalcheetahday.com/events/. Want to list your own event? Everyone is welcome to share how they will celebrate the cheetah on December 4th. From online watch parties for Born to Explore: Namibia: Land of the Cheetah (available on Amazon Prime Video), to socially-distanced outdoor meet-ups at your local zoo’s cheetah enclosure, let people know how to join in on the cheetah fun. 
  2. Help fulfill Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) AmazonSmile Charity List and with support from international shipping company MyUS, CCF will receive a 30% discount on shipping much needed supplies to our Centres in Namibia and Somaliland. 
  3. Visit CCF’s website to Learn About Cheetahs. Many zoos across the world have cheetahs in their care. If your nearby zoo is open for visitation, stop by and learn about the cheetahs or the other African animals that share the cheetahs’ landscape. 
  4. Like, follow and share CCF’s social media accounts @CCFCheetah on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We will be posting special International Cheetah Day focused content on December 4th and in the preceding days.

And remember ……the cheetah needs your help not just on December 4th, but every day of the year!

The world’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction. Help us win the race!

Percent of Cheetahs We've Lost Over the Past 100 years


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Learn About Cheetahs

Get your own Conservation Passport for International Cheetah Day!

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) needs your help as you celebrate International Cheetah Day. Make sure to gather more information about cheetahs and spread the word about wildlife conservation. Try making small changes in your everyday life to help your local wildlife and stay involved through service projects or fundraising to help international wildlife. In this FREE conservation passport you will find important information about the cheetah and its race for survival!

Download the Student Version and the Teacher Version complete with activity instructions and answers.

The Living Desert CHEETAH FUN! K-12 Activity Guides

The Living Desert designed a curriculum that includes the NGSS standards most relevant to the content. “STEAM” concepts are utilized in the three PDF’s that are created in the grade ranges: K-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th.

Download the Grades K – 5 Version, Grades 6 – 8 , and Grades 9 – 12

Cheetah Facts

Cheetah Speed

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds!

Spotted Skin

The cheetah’s fur is covered in solid black spots, and so is their skin! The black fur actually grows out of the black spots on their skin.

A cheetah's favorite food

Cheetahs are carnivores, and feed mostly on smaller antelope like springbok, steenbok, Thomson’s gazelle, and duiker. They usually chase down their prey and then bite its throat, killing it by cutting off its air supply (suffocation).

Tail like a rudder

The cheetah has a long, muscular tail that has a flat shape. The tail almost functions like a rudder on a boat because they use it to help control their steering and keep their balance when running very fast.

Almost like flying

When cheetahs are running full speed, their stride (length between steps) is 6-7 meters (21 feet). Their feet only touch the ground twice during each stride.

A lot of kids

A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter, but cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year.

Like Football Players

Cheetahs have “tear marks” that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to the outside edges of their mouth. These marks help reflect the glare of the sun when they are hunting during the day. They work just like the black marks that football players put under their eyes during the games. These marks also work like the sights on a rifle, to help the cheetah “aim” and stay focused on their prey when they are hunting.

Not just a funny haircut

Cheetah cubs have long tall hair that runs from their neck all the way down to the base of their tail, which is called the mantle. The mantle makes a cheetah cub look like a honey badger and makes them blend into tall grass, which helps keep them safe from threats like lions and hyenas.

Most endangered cat

There are lfewer than 7,500 cheetahs left in the wild, making the cheetah Africa’s most endangered big cat.

Cheetah Pecha Kucha

Brian Badger, Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Director of Conservation and Outreach discusses cheetahs in this Pecha Kucha (chit chat) style presentation. Learn amazing facts about cheetahs, the problems they face and the work that’s being done to save them in the wild. Watch it here by clicking the player below. Expand the presentation by clicking in the top right corner of the player or visit www.voicethread.com to view.

International Cheetah Day Poster

Download a .pdf of our International Cheetah Day Poster. The poster is A2 size for easy printing.

Freeda The Cheetah

Download the free Kindle version or get a hard copy here.

About International Cheetah Day

Dr. Laurie Marker is the founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund. She designated December 4th as International Cheetah Day in remembrance of Khayam, a cheetah she raised from a cub at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon (pictured left). Dr. Marker brought Khayam to Namibia to determine if captive-born cheetahs could be taught to hunt. Their efforts were successful and eventually the pair returned to Oregon. But during this trip, Dr. Marker witnessed African farmers removing wild cheetahs from the landscape as a perceived threat. In 1990, she launched CCF and relocated to Namibia to mitigate the problem of farmer-cheetah conflict. Because of her interactions with Khayam, Dr. Marker dedicated her life to becoming the cheetah’s champion, and she chose December 4th – Khayam’s birthday – for this important honor.