International Cheetah Day Events

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Malili, Makueni County
December 8, 2018 - 8AM -all day

Champions for Cheetahs

Sponsored by: Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
The Champions fir Cheetahs Football Cup will be held at the Tumaini School. Four mens and four ladies teams will compete for the cheetah champion title.
Open to the Public - Free
This event needs YOUR help! If interested in volunteering, please contact Mary +254721631664


Windhoek, Khomas
December 7, 2018 - 3:00 pm

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: Cheetah and Wild Dog Team at The Desert Dash
In December 2018, four Grandmaster cyclists (over the age of 60) will be taking on the challenge to raise funds for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. This is a drive to raise funds for a CCF initiative that is looking at the prevalence of human wildlife conflict in the Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions in Namibia.
Open to the Public
Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa
December 4, 2018 - All Day

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: CCF Namibia Headquarters
Cheetah activities and information all day! Stay tuned for details.

United States

Santa Cruz, CA
December 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art of Saving the Cheetah

Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund - Northern California Chapter of Volunteers
Join us in painting a portrait of a cheetah and enjoy some wine, food, cheetah merchandise, and good people. Come to enjoy this fantastic "paint and sip" fundraising event at the Painted Cork in Santa Cruz, CA!

We provide the wine, food, painting supplies and instruction (no painting experience necessary!). You will have a choice of two very cute cheetah pictures to paint. There will be a small presentation about cheetahs and CCF while you enjoy the goodies from local food places and wineries. With your registration of painting, you will be entered into a drawing to win a raffle that contains local goodies and services. We will do the drawing after our short presentation.
Open to the Public
Palm Desert, CA
December 4, 2018 - 9AM-12PM

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: The Living Desert
In celebration of International Cheetah Day, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is featuring a variety of activities and learning opportunities, fun for the entire family, on Tuesday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Events are free to members and with paid park admission.

Guests visiting on International Cheetah Day will learn about the cheetah and The Living Desert’s conservation endeavors through kinesthetic experiences around the park. Arts and crafts and other activities will be featured at the Discovery Center, Gecko Gulch, and the butterfly garden, plus near the pronghorn and cheetah habitats. At 10 and 11 a.m. the cheetah will show off their speed during the daily cheetah run. There will also be an opportunity to symbolically adopt a cheetah, through the Animal Adoption program.

In 2010, Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) established December 4 as International Cheetah Day as a way to raise awareness to the plight of the cheetah. In Dr. Marker’s award-winning work, she has gathered significant data on the cheetah for over two decades including vital information on cheetah health, reproduction, mortality, evolution and genetics, which has proven invaluable in the management of both wild and captive cheetah.

“The Living Desert supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the efforts of Dr. Marker, as well as other established cheetah conservation organizations such as Cheetah Conservation Botswana,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “Participating in the observance of International Cheetah Day, not only helps show our support, but also educates our guests as to the plight of cheetah.”

The Living Desert serves as the Public Engagement Coordinator for the AZA’s Cheetah SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) Program. As such, The Living Desert has created curriculum that meets current science standards for use across the country. Locally, teachers have been offered free curriculum toolkits to implement in their classrooms on International Cheetah Day, and nationally, AZA-accredited organizations will be hosting similar events and activities.

“We are proud to act as a leader in the Cheetah SAFE Program nationally, and we are excited to see our fellow AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums utilize these great materials on International Cheetah Day,” said Mike Chedester, Director of Education at The Living Desert. “Furthermore, we are proud to offer our local community of educators these wonderful, free resources to use in their lesson plans.”

Cheetahs are now extinct in more than 20 countries and are Africa’s most endangered cats. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), in less than 20 years, the cheetah could be extinct, as there are fewer than 7,500 remaining in the wild. Their main threats include habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as human-wildlife conflict.

Running up to speeds of 70 MPH, the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. Its main hunting strategy is to run down animals such as antelope species and hares. Cheetahs can be found in Africa and Southwestern Asia in areas with vast expanses where prey is abundant.

The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day). For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit

About the Living Desert:
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit
Open to the Public - Free for members or with paid admission
Sanford, FL
December 1, 2018 - 9am - 5pm

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Come learn more about our African cat, the Cheetah! We will have keeper chats, special enrichment, booths, games, activities, trivia, and prizes to play, explore, and learn all about these magnificent animals.
Open to the Public - No additional fee for the event, with general single-day admission prices as follows: Adults: $19.50; Seniors 60+: $15.95; Children 3-12 years: $13.75; Children 2 and under: Free.
Indianapolis, IN
December 2, 2018 - 1-4 PM

International Cheetah Day Celebration

Sponsored by: Indianapolis Zoo
Join the Indy Zoo as we celebrate International Cheetah Day! Come learn about cheetahs during a special "cheetah chat" with one of our cheetah keepers at 2 PM (animal and weather dependent). We will have cheetah holiday cards to decorate as well as cheetah masks to color in the Bicentennial Pavilion.
Open to the Public - Included with zoo admission
Saint Louis, MO
December 2, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River's Edge

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: Saint Louis Zoo
Celebrate Cheetahs
Sunday, December 2, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River's Edge

Conservation organizations around the world are celebrating cheetahs on International Cheetah Day to raise awareness about the plight of the most endangered cat in Africa and Iran.

Join in! Come to the Zoo to enjoy activities for all ages.

Create your very own cheetah mask and be sure to take a photo with it at the selfie station!
Hear about cheetah care and conservation programs from zookeepers
Visit the Bingwa Bunch at River's Edge (weather permitting)!
Earn stamps in your Cheetah Passport by learning from Zoo educators and completing hands-on activities about these amazing animals.

About Cheetahs

Cheetahs are in trouble in the wild. In the last century, the cheetah population has declined from 100,000 to fewer than 10,000 individuals, while the species has become extinct in at least 13 countries.

The Saint Louis Zoo is a leader in cheetah research and captive breeding. Unlike other big cats, the cheetah has very different breeding and behavioral needs. What began as an interest in discovering what makes these animals so selective in mate choice has now become an international cooperative effort to link captive breeding programs with research and protection in cheetah range countries.

Since 1974, when the Saint Louis Zoo opened the Cheetah Survival Center, a facility for research and captive breeding, the Zoo's cheetah breeding program has successfully raised more than 35 captive-bred offspring. The Zoo coordinates its cheetah breeding efforts with other North American zoos as part of the Species Survival Plan® (SSP). These animals may provide assurance for wild populations in the future.
Open to the Public
Columbus, OH
December 2, 2018 - 11-3

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Join us for International Cheetah Day! Make enrichment, play games, learn more about cheetahs, and meet African animals including a live cheetah! Our conservation marketplace will also be in full swing!
Open to the Public - Free with Zoo Admission
Alexandria, VA
December 4, 2018 - All Day

International Cheetah Day

Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Open to the Public - Free

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