On December 4, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in marking the annual observance of International Cheetah Day. By encouraging all wildlife fans to participate in cheetah-centric activities, AZA and CCF hope to inspire more humans to get involved in the long-term fight to secure a future for this beautiful, mystical creature, which is African’s most endangered big cat.
To celebrate this special day, people are encouraged to learn more about cheetahs and help raise conservation awareness by participating in events and/or social media activities being held by participating AZA-accredited zoos. CCF also suggests a few additional ways to take part in International Cheetah Day festivities:
- Swap your online profile photo for a cheetah.
- Volunteer to help save the cheetah by being active in your local community.
- Participate in one of the ICD events listed on our site here.
- Wear your International Cheetah Day T-shirt from our recent campaign.
- Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay. Use our Tweet Sheet to send tweets simply and easily. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button to the left to instantly post to your Twitter page.
- Watch and share this special International Cheetah Day video message from Jeff Corwin.
- Sponsor a resident cheetah living at CCF in Namibia. Click to Sponsor a Cheetah!
The cheetah is not only the fastest, but it is also the oldest of all the big cats. It has survived more than three million years through the Ice Age and a genetic bottleneck, only to have its numbers decimated by almost 90 percent in the last 100 years. With fewer than 10,000 animals remaining in the wild, the cheetah population is at great risk of extinction.
“As cheetahs continue to face threats in their natural ranges, AZA-accredited zoos are working to help protect this endangered species by collaborating with conservation partners, supporting field projects, and engaging visitors in learning more about cheetahs and what can be done to help them. We are proud to work with CCF and participate in International Cheetah Day, and we encourage others to join us in raising awareness about this incredible species.” – Dr. Debborah Luke, AZA’s Senior Vice President of Conservation and Science.