You may have heard about, donated to, or run in the Saving the Elephants Run in Central Park last November that raised $25,000 for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Extraordinary Journeys served as participating sponsors and helped aid in fundraising, gaining participants, and raising awareness for wildlife conservation. It was a huge success and lots of fun!
Well, the fun (and pain) isn’t over yet. Next on the agenda is the Walkway Marathon on June 13 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Pearl Jurist-Schoen, EJ’s communications and marketing coordinator, is running in her first marathon as part of the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s team. The CCF and Pearl need all the support they can get during this crucial time for the cheetah species, as well as some extra incentive during Pearl’s training and those grueling 26.2 miles.
Why Pearl is running:
Since 1990, the world’s cheetah population has decreased by 90%. The cheetah used to roam all over Africa and major parts of Asia, but now only resides in 23% of their historic coverage. Their population has been threatened by habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and the illegal wildlife trade. The Cheetah Conservation Fund, with headquarters and research center in Namibia, is the largest organization committed to conserving and restoring the cheetah population in Africa. They do so through a number of initiatives including human wildlife conflict resolution, education, habitat restoration, and various research projects.
What you can do:
There are a number of ways you can get involved with CCF. We highly encourage you to visit their research center if you’re planning a trip to Africa trip anytime soon. But more immediately, we encourage you to donate to the CCF via Pearl’s CrowdRise fundraising campaign. The money will be going to a great initiative and will help alleviate Pearl’s blood, sweat, and tears as she runs 26.2 miles in June. Additionally, if you’re local, you can always register or volunteer at the race! It is sure to be a great day and you’d be helping to support a great cause.