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 so many messages and emails honouring 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
Chirp chirp the cheetah cub calling aloud to this world.
Sitting in the trap, oh what happened, chirping louder as he could
Wondering what happened to his perfect world
And mom is nowhere but the tracks are leading to the savannah
Laurie Marker was on call that day and heard of you.
She took you home - no more an orphan.
Ever since then you were known as Chewbaaka
In Namibia and beyond you are forever the best of all.
The cheetah athlete running on the field
I wanna be like you to arrive there on time.
The taxis are so slow so give me a ride
Chewbaaka is running for his survival and we are watching
Leaving a mirage and tracks on the field so we are reminded.
The storms are so high and tracks so fragile
These tracks will never fade away.
Allow my confessions the first time we met
I was afraid of you because they warned me a cat with spots is dangerous
So let’s follow his tracks wherever they go
Matti T. Nghikembua, 20th March 2011