Following my life and work at the Cheetah Conservation Fund

CCF Annual Fundraising Gala and Pictures!

This past Friday was CCF’s Annual Fundraising Gala dinner which was held in Windhoek the capital of Namibia. It’s an event that is designed to raise funds and spread awareness about CCF’s work throughout Namibia. Most of the attendees are from Namibia so it really helps to spread awareness about CCF in CCF’s own host country. At the event there is a wonderful dinner, guest speakers, and silent auction on items donated to CCF for the Gala from businesses and people from all over. Most of CCF’s staff attended the event, but a few of us had to stay behind to care for the many animals we have here. Myself, another intern Stephanie, one full time staff, a couple of the tourism staff, and the farm workers were the only people still here at CCF so it was a very busy and very quiet weekend. Even so, it was still a wonderful weekend and the Gala was a great success.

There isn’t too much more to update everyone on, however I did take some pictures last week of the OK Cubs that I think came out very well so I will post a number of those for everyone to enjoy (the name(s) of the cat(s) in the photos are in the caption below the images). As always I’m always open to comments and would love to answer any questions. Until next time…

– Eli

My favorite picture out of the bunch… this is Peter
Tiger Lily
Myself with Peter
Senay…. and yes you can see my shadow which is disappointing
not 100% but I think this is Tiger Lily


18 responses

  1. amazing set of pictures!! I hpe that one day I can get this close to these magnificent creatures! tanks for sharing

    July 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  2. Kat Holland

    Absolutely STUNNING pictures of these beautiful cheetahs……… make them look more gorgeous than they really are ( if that’s possible )

    July 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    • ehwalker91

      No I don’t think the pictures can compare to them in real life… they are stunning animals that pictures can only hint at, as you see here. Thanks for the compliment though.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  3. I also was the one that stayed behind the summer of 2003. I was so busy but I must say I loved every minute of it.

    Debbie Morris

    July 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

  4. Jae

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    July 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

  5. Imre Udvardi


    July 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  6. Thanks for the information and photos. Not that you have the time, but, are the OK cubs relaxed enough around you that you’ve ever been tempted to cat nap with them?

    July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    • ehwalker91

      Well these guys have been with humans there entire lives so they are very comfortable around us. It takes time before they are comfortable with you in their enclosure but once you spend enough time with them (like all of their handlers must) then they are completely comfortable with you staying with them for however long. However, even though they are habituated to humans and comfortable with us, they are and shall always be wild animals which is a fact that we always respect 100% of the time that we are with them. These guys are not pets and we never treat them like pets. But to answer your question….. yes!

      July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

  7. Liz

    Hi Eli! I’m with the DC Chapter of CCF and would love to use one of your photos in our annual Fall Fundraiser invitation. Especially the first one of Peter. It’s almost as if I can reach out and pet him.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    • ehwalker91

      Sure feel free, just let me know which ones you are using and if you forward me a copy of the invitation that would be great! Thanks

      July 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  8. Micheline

    Wouawwwww, ces photos sont magnifiques. Comment faites-vous pour reconnaître les guépards ?? J’ai beau détailler les photos, je suis incapable de les différencier. Il est vrai que je ne suis pas une experte et à part le nombre de tâches noires sur leurs joues, ils sont tous semblables. Merci pour votre travail et vive le CCF.
    Wouawwwww these photos are great. How do you recognize the cheetahs? I’m detail the photos, I can not tell them apart. It is true that I am not an expert and by the number of black spots on their cheeks, they are all similar. Thank you for your work and live the CCF.

    Micheline (Belgique)

    July 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

    • ehwalker91

      When you spend enough time with them you learn to tell them apart…

      July 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  9. brigitte

    Very, very, Beautiful photos!!!! They have so beautiful eyes!!!!
    If it’s possible ….would you be so kind to post some Stars’s photos, one day?

    July 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    • ehwalker91

      I hope to get some pictures of the Stars sometime…

      July 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  10. Michelle Alvin

    Ah, Eli – the photos of Kaijay made my heart melt! I especially love the one with his eyes closed. Oh how I wish I was back there with them now….

    July 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  11. I love these pictures. We took the cheetah as emotionnal image for our company.
    Thank you for your work.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  12. Gazeilles

    Trés belles photos, dues à de trés beaux guépards, merci de nous les faire partager…

    July 25, 2011 at 4:20 am

  13. Hi Eli : beautiful pictures in a beautiful light ! But I think it’s difficult to fail a picture with so beautiful animals… 😉 !
    Even that, my favorite picture is Kaijai with his cheeck in the grass, he seems to be in heaven and that’s the kind of picture we want to see about them …
    Thanks for sharing your experience ! Anne, France

    August 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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