The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) today announced Gebhardt (Gebs) Nikanor as a Disney Conservation Hero. Nikanor, an Education Officer at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) since 2001, was recognised for his passion and dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places in Namibia.
CCF nominated Gebs for his dedication to educating Namibian children and youth about the plight of the cheetah. He is one of only fourteen award recipients this year.
“It is such a privilege for us to know and work with Gebs. He has touched the lives of over 100,000 students, farmers, and future conservationists through his tireless commitment to community outreach on behalf of the wild cheetah,” said Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF. “Gebs stands out as a shining example to all who share in his vision of environmental stewardship.”
Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Educator, Gebhardt Nikanor (far left), has reached thousands of Namibian children and youth to foment an understanding of the importance of wildlife to preserve healthy eco-systems. © Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Disney Conservation Heroes receive an award medal, recognition certificate and cash award that is shared with their nominating organisation. The DWCF annually invites non-profit organisations who have received conservation funding in the past to nominate individuals in communities around the world for their incredible conservation efforts.
Since 2004, Disney has honoured 85 Conservation Heroes, including CCF’s Senior Ecologist and Education Officer, Matti Nghikembua, who was conferred this honour in 2006.