Dr. Lauire Marker with Cheetah Kids Cameron & Kristen
Cheetah Kids' Mission
To educate, raise awareness & engage young people about cheetahs, their ecosystems and the need to protect & save them.
About Cheetah Kids
Since the age of four Cameron has been fascinated with cheetahs. In kindergarten he drew pictures and wrote stories about a cheetah named "Fast Spot" and asked his mom to make a cheetah costume for Halloween, which had over 700 spots glued on it!! For his seventh birthday he adopted a cheetah from the National Zoo in Washington D.C. to help protect them and fund research.
As a young boy, Cameron nurtured his passion through reading books and creating cheetah art. He decorated his room with cheetahs from photos and paintings to blankets, a cheetah quilt and numerous stuffed animals (cheetahs, of course). He spent time learning all about cheetahs and soon discovered that this beautiful animal is considered vulnerable with declining populations. Cameron wanted to do something to help save cheetahs from extinction. It is from his passion that in 2007, CheetahKids.com was created. When asked why he wanted to start a website, Cameron simply replied, "Because I love Cheetahs." Enough said.
The love for cheetahs has spread through the family and his sister, Kristen, is championing the cause to save cheetahs. In addition to helping with all Cheetah Kids events, she has shared the cheetah's fight for survival with her elementary school and junior high school. Kristen had the opportunity to interview Dr. Laurie Marker twice about cheetahs in Namibia when Dr. Marker visited REID Park zoo in September 2014 and April 2016. She also had the privilege of introducing her hero, Dr. Marker, at the LOFT Cinema for our April 2017 event. Kristen also loves African elephants and wants to help save them too.
Cameron and Kristen realize other kids love cheetahs too and hope that every 'Cheetah Kid' learns a bit more about cheetahs from this website so they can help spread the word and teach others about these magnificent animals.