In 1900 there were 100,000 cheetahs in the world. By 2006, due to loss of habitat and prey, the number of cheetahs has declined to just 12,000. That's why I founded KidsLoveAnimals.com, which is dedicated to educating kids and their families about endangered species. If you love animals, please bookmark this site. In future posts we will take you along on our personal journey to Save the Animals through our KIDSLOVEANIMALS.com DVD series.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Khayam the Ambassador Cheetah

Photo of Jennifer Baker (1984) with Khayam

Khayam, the once famous ambassador cheetah at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, was born in captivity in 1976. She was hand raised by her trainer Dr. Laurie Marker, and even went home with Laurie at night and slept on her bed. During the winter of 1977-78, Dr. Marker took Khayam to South Africa to see if a captive raised cheetah could be introduced into the wild (cheetahs are taught how to hunt by their mothers).

Khayam, after years of traveling the world with Dr. Marker, passed away in 1986 and was immortalized with a bronze statue by the city of Winston.

In 1990, Dr. Marker founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa. CCF is now the leading conservation organization for protecting and studying the endangered wild cheetah.

10 Comments:

Blogger Ash said...

Beautiful photo and information. Thank you!

5:17 PM

 
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

What ash said. Thanks for continuing to educate us all.

Cheers,
Anne-Marie

8:05 PM

 
Blogger joy said...

What a great picture!

10:37 PM

 
Blogger Dia said...

Very interesting and I really love the photo :)
Your blog is very nice, we all should feel responsible about saving the animals.
During the winter here, sometimes I can see women wearing furs...Im so mad and angry, I want to go and asked them if they would like someone to kill them and wear their skin...

4:54 AM

 
Blogger joy said...

You should try cuteoverload.com as well many cute pics of animals, and great links ;)

5:01 AM

 
Blogger Selvi Sindu said...

Hey as Ash said beautiful information. I am sure you would become great with ur work. Good Luck,Man.Take care.

10:43 PM

 
Blogger PatL said...

Paul, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'm curious to know how you found me ... ? And yes, he's a beauty, and a complete joy of a companion as well. Thanks for loving the animals.

7:59 PM

 
Blogger Sky said...

Thanks for sharing the information. How long do they normally live in the wild? What killed this cheetah, do you know?

The doc sounds like amzing woman.

3:54 AM

 
Blogger Trailady said...

Beautiful picture! Cheetahs are such amazing creatures. I wish you the best with your efforts to save them and many other lovely animals.

7:31 AM

 
Blogger JB said...

I love the little girls smile coupled with the lounging, relaxed Cheetah. Thanks for educating us about this story.

9:45 AM

 

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