The Cheetah Guys: Cycling for a Cause
This year, the non-profit Cheetah Preservation Foundation (CPF) will be joining forces with Dryland Events Management for the 3rd consecutive 36ONE MTB Challenge from 17 – 19 May 2019.
Representing the world’s fastest land mammal, the goal is to raise awareness & funds to help win the race against extinction
The Cheetah Guys relay team consists of Hugo du Plessis, Francois Verwey, Pieter de Jager & Brian Lennox, who will each be taking on approximately 90km per rider.
Hugo took part in 2017 and finished this grueling race in 25 hours in honor of the Ranch's 30 year anniversary, and again last year to celebrate The Cheetah Preservation Foundation as a registered non-profit organization.
The 36ONE MTB Challenge is an endurance mountain bike challenge done over 361 kilometers through a strenuous terrain over day and night. The relay team has committed to this challenge again this year to raise awareness and funds for The Cheetah Preservation Foundation (approximately 90 km per rider).
Why are we worried
- For the wildlife we house:
- There are less than 6900 cheetahs left in wild
- There are less than 3000 Pygmy Hippos left in the wild
- We represent a wide variety of endangered and critically endangered animals - all who need a voice
- For wildlife of the world:
- Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970
- We are the LAST generation who can reverse the effects we've had on nature
- The biggest cause of wildlife losses is the destruction of natural habitats, much of it to create farmland. Three-quarters of all land on Earth is now significantly affected by human activities. Killing for food is the next biggest cause – 300 mammal species are being eaten into extinction – while the oceans are massively overfished, with more than half now being industrially fished.
- To create awareness for each species and their plight
- Raise funds to support in-situ & ex-situ facilities across the word fighting to keep our wildlife alive.
- To be the change, and call as many individuals we can convince, to be the change with us
- To create awareness on recycling, reusing & reducing
Dozens of species face extinction across the world, and many more are increasingly vulnerable and threatened, which is what our non-profit tirelessly fights to change.
Funds generated from this specific event will be used towards constructing more cheetah camps at our Jill Bryden-Fayers Private Cheetah Reserve. A portion of the funds will be for specifically nominated in-situ conservation programs such as Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group and Vulpro.
Want to know more?
Contact Carmen, Manager for the Cheetah Preservation Foundation on [email protected]
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds