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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Laurie sends news from Namibia

Days are so hectic here! A cheetah that we had placed at the Naua Naua Lodge well over six years ago died today. Kate travelled up to collect him so we can conduct a necropsy tomorrow. We think that it might be a snake bite.

We just bid farewell to our four-day game guard, integrated wildlife, livestock and predator training group, which was led by Gail. They are from throughout Namibia and wanted to join our international course last month; however most of them did not speak English, so we decided to organise this special course for them. They were great and really eager to learn. Also tonight we say goodbye to this month's Earthwatch volunteers. They are always so wonderful.

Our next International Conservation Biology Course begins tomorrow with about 20 people from eight countries. They will spend the next month with us.

So much going on...I can ‘t even begin to describe what it’s like, especially with Chewbaaka not doing well. I do want to thank every one of you for your concern and all the good wishes. He is such an amazing cheetah.

I will try to write more soon.



  1. Anonymous1:03 am

    Laurie, I wish I was there...even though I very much understand your deep pain for the cheetah, I really think being there at CCF is a great experience...I miss it. Take care,

  2. Anonymous1:59 pm

    Laurie, Je croise les doigts et je me dis que Chewbaaka est un battant. Avec tout l'amour et la tendresse que vous lui donnez, il s'en remettra, c'est le meilleur des remèdes. Courage à vous tous. Micheline (Belgique)

    Laurie, I cross my fingers and I tell myself that Chewbaaka is a fighter. With all the love and affection you give, it will rely on is the best medicine. Luck to you all. Micheline (Belgium)

  3. Anonymous5:15 pm

    Laurie, It's so nice to write news for us at these moments; you have a lot of work at CCF. Thank you very very very much; You, Chewbaaka and all ccf team are marvellous fighters!

  4. Margaret Wilkie7:07 pm

    Thinking of you and your boy this morning with all the love and healing in the world. I hold your dear faces in my mind and your spirits in my heart. May love transcend worry this day, one day at a time.--Margaret