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by Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Project Report | Feb 20, 2018
A True Cheetah Friend

By Cheetah Conservation Fund | CCF Staff

Ann Veith with CCF Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Ann Veith with CCF Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Guard dogs are not the only species saving cheetahs.  We also have champions for cheetahs in the form of humans.  Champions such as, Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF’s) European Goodwill Ambassador Anna Vieth who took home the silver medal for Austria in the Olympic super-G on February 17th, 2018 during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games. Not only is Anna a true champion on the slopes but also a true champion to the cheetah.  In October 2014, Anna donated her famous cheetah print helmet together with a cash gift to CCF in Namibia to help rebuild its Visitor Center, which was destroyed by a fire in 2013. Anna wore the custom-made race helmet during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she won a gold medal in the super-G and a silver medal in the giant slalom.  

In 2014, CCF was so proud to watch as its European Ambassador, Austrian alpine skier, then known as, Anna Fenninger, take gold in the Women’s Super G and silver in the women’s Giant Slalom events during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Wearing her cheetah print helmet for her races, Anna used her moment of Olympic glory to garner attention to the world’s fastest land animal and its race against extinction. We like to think that wearing a cheetah helmet gave Anna “cheetah speed!” That was certainly our wish for her as we cheered her on in Sochi from Otjiwarongo, Namibia.  “By incorporating cheetah spots into her race gear, Anna was also able to bring international attention to Africa’s most endangered big cat and inspire people everywhere in the to fight to save them.” Dr. Marker says she plans to create a permanent exhibit in CCF’s new Visitor Center to display Fenninger’s cheetah helmet and share her story with visitors.

Anna has been a friend to the cheetah and a friend to CCF for quite some time. With a life-long devotion to big cats and especially the cheetah, Anna came to visit CCF in Namibia to learn more about the cheetah in the wild and to shoot a calendar.  The large-format 2014 calendar, released at the end of 2013, features Anna around CCF’s ambassador cheetahs in gorgeous, sweeping images, which can be viewed at this link http://cheetah.org/gallery/anna-fenninger/. 

During her time in Namibia, she learned how CCF is reducing human-wildlife conflict that threatens the cheetah by breeding and placing Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs with Namibian farmers.  The dogs bond to the herds and protect them, scaring off predators with their imposing presence and ferocious bark. She met our resident cheetahs, most of whom are at CCF because they were orphaned as cubs — their mothers often shot or trapped.

Since visiting Namibia and getting to know CCF and Dr. Laurie Marker’s work, Anna has been a tireless advocate for the cheetah. At nearly every opportunity, Anna has cast a spotlight on the cheetah’s race against extinction. During appearances on Austrian television, and even during the interview following her post-gold medal winning run, Anna has constantly sought to draw attention to the cheetah and the work that CCF is doing to save it. We at CCF have so appreciated her dedication to our mission. Her efforts have paid off, drawing many new supporters and fans of our work.

Ann Veith with CCF Resident Cheetah
Ann Veith with CCF Resident Cheetah
Ann Veith Wearing Cheetah Helmet
Ann Veith Wearing Cheetah Helmet

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Cheetah Conservation Fund

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
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Twitter: @Cheetah Conservation
Project Leader:
Beth Fellenstein
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Alexandria , VA United States

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