This morning we took a drive to check on all the cheetahs at CCF, the farthest distance being Bellebenno Camp 45 minutes away. There are a total of 46 cheetahs at CCF right now, some will live the rest of their days here, and some will be released into the wild. We not only saw cheetahs, but loads more wildlife along the way!
Today we left the center with CCF’s heroic director, Dr. Laurie Marker, and drove about 2 hours southwest to a small town called Omaruru, the up and coming crystal capitol of Namibia. We dropped off the wine grapes from yesterday’s harvest at a small winery there and met the lovely people who run it. What a treat to have the day with Laurie to brainstorm about projects at CCF, see the beautiful dry Namibian countryside, and pass several large families of baboons.
These are the two iconic animals of the places we are visiting on our great adventures. Condors grace the skies of the Andean mountains of South America. Cheetahs sprint across the Namibian savannah. Both are incredibly beautiful and powerful, and both are endangered species. We are blessed to have this time with them.
Beginning this blog at the end of our time in South America and the start of our time in Africa, we intend to write more about our experiences in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile as time goes on. But for now, we begin with the present – Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Otjiwarongo, Namibia.