The CCF was founded in 1990, and is the world’s foremost organisation committed to saving the cheetah in the wild. The organisation has created a set of integrated programmes aimed at addressing the principal threats to the cheetah. Its International Research and Education Centre located at Otjiwarongo sets the standard for researchers and students worldwide seeking to learn more about the wild cat.
Speaking on Tjivikua’s appointment to the CCF Board, Dr Laurie Marker, CCF Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), was upbeat as she welcomed him to the organisation. “I happily welcome Prof Tjivikua to the CCF Board of Directors and look forward to successful collaboration on saving the cheetah,” Marker said.
Tjivikua was similarly pleased when asked for comment on his appointment to the CCF Board, saying that the conservation and preservation of the iconic African cat species is a noteworthy cause. “I will endeavour to contribute to objectives of the CCF and thereby hope to add value to efforts aimed at saving the cheetah,” Tjivikua said.
Last year the CCF presented Tjivikua with the 2014 Cheetah Conservation Educator of the Year Award for the dynamic role that the Poly Rector has played in the relationship between the Poly and the CCF. To date more than 100 students from the Poly’s School of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences have completed internships with the CCF.