Dr. Laurie Marker is a finalist for the 2010 Indianapolis Prize.
Reaching speeds of 70 mph within seconds, the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. Yet, this feline cannot run away from habitat loss, reduced genetic variation, high infant mortality and conflicts with humans and livestock. From a small outpost in rural Namibia, one determined woman created an unparalleled model for predator conservation that may have made the critical difference between survival and extinction for the cheetah. Because of this groundbreaking effort, Laurie Marker, D.Phil., founder and award-winning executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), is one of six finalists for the $100,000 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation.