Bridging Cultures Through Conservation

Ms. Paige Peterson is a Member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors. She has contributed photo essays on Oman, Al-Ula and Madain Saleh, and the Old City of Jeddah for the National Council’s Arabia, the Gulf, and the GCC blog. In 2015, Ms. Peterson wrote a travelogue of a visit to Saudi Arabia for the New York Social Diary online magazine, where she is a contributing photojournalist. There, she recently published a photo essay highlighting the work of Dr. Laurie Marker and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. Ms. Peterson serves as the CCF’s Ambassador to the Middle East. A link to the essay is below.

A Cheetah Conservation Fund resident cheetah

A century ago, there were 100,000 cheetahs in the wild. Today, there are fewer than 7,500. Namibia has about 1,500, more than any other country in Africa. Otjiwarongo, the town where Cheetah Conservation Fund is based, is known as “The Cheetah Capital of the World.”

The Legend of the Cheetah and their Savior, Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund