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2-11-19

Posted by Sue on February 13, 2019 at 12:05 AM

Meeting started at 7:30 pm with 14 people attending.


Treasurer's Report: The CTTC Executive Board sent each chapter $1000 for special projects. Our club plans on putting 3 informational kiosks around the Tortoise Enclosure at the Maturango Museum. We may be able to interest an Eagle Scout looking for a project & offer support.


"Something Completely Different" - Cheetahs  Bob Parker presented a program on his summer job in 1972 in charge of the Cheetah Compound at Marine World, Africa USA in Redwood City. He not only covered facts on habitat, behavior, & speed, but added in some great stories of escapes, including a leap onto a passing tour boat. This lead to collars & leashes that could be grabbed as they dashed by, & also better fencing.
Following Bob, Lisa Lavelle shared photos of her month volunteering for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in 1998 in Namibia, Africa. This research & education center takes in orphaned cheetahs too young to have learned how to hunt & live wild. They also work with farmers educating them on alternative ways to discourage cheetahs from hunting livestock rather than trapping & shooting them. Cheetahs are diurnal & more visible than other predators & so more often tracked & killed.
Ray Kelso & Dave Kurdeka mentioned that some of their photos taken on African safari & other trips were on display in the Maturango Museum's gallery.


The March 11th program will feature Pete Woodman, a Biologist Consultant speaking & demonstrating field techniques including identifying sign as well as assessing desert tortoise health in the wild. He has offered a course at the Desert Tortoise Council Workshop held in November in Ridgecrest for many years. It is designed for wildlife biologists, zoologists, natural resource & recreation specialists, wildlife & land managers, persons dealing with the public, teachers, & the general public. Our club has provided tortoises for the field work for several years. In turn, our tortoises health is measured & we are able to assure our adopters that they are receiving a healthy pet.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.


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