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Born to Explore: Namibia: Land of the Cheetah 1x60

In this one-hour special, Born to Explore travels to Namibia for an in-depth look at the most endangered cat in Africa–the cheetah. Explorer Richard Wiese discovers why Namibia is known as the cheetah capital of the world. He meets Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) to see what’s being done to save these cats from extinction. Loss of habitat, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade have impacted cheetah populations worldwide and there are now less than 8000 left in the wild. Richard learns about CCF’s integrated programs and research aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah. He meets some of the leading experts on re-wilding and discovers how a guard dog program helps local famers to protect livestock while saving predators.

During his journey to CCF, Richard explores Namibia, from the majestic sand dunes of the Namib desert to its wildlife. From wildebeest and zebras to lions, see why Namibia is a conservation success story and how eco-tourism has changed the country. It’s the cheetah’s race for survival on Born to Explore.