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Dr.Laurie Marker writes….

Dear Friend,

It has been a sad couple of days here at CCF with the loss of Chewbaaka. Thank you for your kind words for me and all of us here at CCF.

We have received several hundred emails honoring his legacy and reading them has brought us great consolation and our consolations go out to you as well.

We had a memorial service for Chewbaaka today for all our staff and we felt that all of you were with us, as we read many of your comments to us.

He lived a great life and taught many people from around the world about his species’ fight for survival. While his death is sad, his legacy is to be celebrated,

and now we will carry on his message to further inform and educate the people of Namibia and around the world.

He will always be in our hearts,  here is a wonderful poem by CCF’s Matti Nghikembua

We follow in your tracks – Chewbaaka

v  Chirp chirp the cheetah cub calling aloud to this world.

v  Sitting in the trap, oh what happened, chirping louder as he could

v  Wondering what happened to his perfect world

v  And mom is nowhere but the tracks are leading to the savannah

v  Laurie Marker was on call that day and heard of you.

v  She took you home – no more an orphan.

v  Ever since then you were known as Chewbaaka

v  In Namibia and beyond you are forever the best of all.

v  The cheetah athlete running on the field

v  I wanna be like you to arrive there on time.

v  The taxis are so slow so give me a ride

v  Chewbacca is running for his survival and we are watching

v  Leaving a mirage and tracks on the field so we are reminded.

v  The storms are so high and tracks so fragile

v  These tracks will never fade away.

v  Allow my confessions the first time we met

v  I was afraid of you because they warned me a cat with spots is dangerous

v  So let’s follow his tracks wherever they go

Matti T. Nghikembua 20th March 2011

Dr. Laurie Marker, DPhil

Founder/Executive Director

Cheetah Conservation Fund

P.O. Box 1755

Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Phone: +264 (0)67 306225

FAX: +264 (0)67 306247

Help the Cheetah Conservation Fund keep the cheetah where it belongs–in the wild. Go to or click here on Donate Now.  Please consider including Cheetah Conservation Fund in your will and become a member of the Chewbaaka Society. CCF is supported globally by affiliate non-profit organizations in the United States, United Kingdom, Namibia, Canada, Japan, Holland, Italy, France and Germany.  Visit the ‘About CCF’ Section on our website to learn more about donating through a local organization supporting CCF at

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