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Il nostro Gebhard Vince il Premio Disney Conservation Hero

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Meet Gebhardt Nikanor, One of CCF’s Heroes of Conservation

Every day at Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, we welcome visitors, including school groups from all over Namibia and from around the world. They come to our International Field Research and Education Centre and learn all about the cheetah, its race against extinction, and how they can help.

Gebhardt Nikanor (we call him “Gebs”) as CCF’s Education Officer, travels all over Namibia, bringing CCF’s education programming to school learners throughout the country, teaching Namibia’s next generation about environmental stewardship, and about the cheetah. This week, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund honored Gebs as one of its 2013 Disney Conservation Heroes,an award that comes with a cash prize that is shared between the winner and his nominating organization.

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Gebs is a native Namibian, and his work for CCF stands as an example of how your support of CCF makes a difference not only for the cheetah and its ecosystem, but for human communities as well. Gebs has reached over 100,000 Namibian youth over the course of his 12 years as an Educator at CCF. “Returning to these schools where I have developed relationships with the teachers and the learners has provided a strong basis for on-going environmental education. I want each of the learners to have a deep appreciation for all of Namibia’s wildlife species,” he says.

CCF’s education programs at our International Field Research and Education Centre, at our weekend camp facility Camp Lightfoot, and in Namibian schools have reached over 300,000 school learners, instilling in them an appreciation for the cheetah and a desire to protect their wildlife treasures.

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What inspires me is that Gebs’s dedication is by no means unusual among the CCF staff. Every day here at our facility in Namibia I am proud to work with men and women from Namibia and around the world whose commitment to excellence, and to saving the cheetah, is without equal. Gebs isn’t the first staff member to be recognized as a Disney Conservation Hero — our Senior Ecologist and Education Officer, Matti Nghikembua, received the same honor in 2006.

Knowing I have such a wonderful team of individuals around me to help us win the race to save the cheetah is heartening. But in addition to great people like Gebs and Matti, we need resources. That’s why your generous contribution to the Chewbaaka Memorial Challenge is so important to us every year. We’re in the final weeks of this important campaign, which provides much needed funds for our education programs and other operations in Namibia. And every dollar you give up to $176,000 will be matched by our Challenge Donors.

We’re really proud of Gebs, and pleased to share with you how one of our CCF heroes is being honored by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. As part of our global CCF family, your support helps make moments like this possible.

For Cheetahs Everywhere,
Dr. Laurie Marker

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 photo schoolgroup_zps33be4107.jpgCheetah Conservation Fund’s Educator, Gebhardt Nikanor (far left), has reached thousands of Namibian children and youth to foment an understanding of the importance of wildlife to preserve healthy eco-systems.

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Namibian school learners visiting our Education Centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. You can watch the same video our visitors in Namibia see here.

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A participant from a recent National Geographic Student Expeditions trip learns from the staff at CCF’s Veterinary Clinic.

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