The cheetah protector

the cheetah protector

When Göran turns 60 he decides to follow his heart and go chase his dream – saving cheetahs in Namibia. He puts his garage up for sale and become a volunteer with The Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Having seen a program on Animal Planet in 2007 about Laurie Marker and The Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Göran and his wife got so impressed by her work they decided to go and visit the Centre. They left the north of Sweden for a first visit to Africa and Namibia, which is home to almost half of all remaining wild cheetahs. It was here Göran found a new purpose in life, working to safeguard cheetahs coexistence with man.

If anything this documentary proves that it’s never too late to chase your dreams, and create your own legacy.

Göran had worked as a mechanic his whole life and kept his own garage for 25 years. His love for cats formed as a stray cat wandered into his first garage. The cat wanted to stay in the garage and was soon joined by another cat. Then someone mentioned five kittens they couldn’t look after that had to be killed. Göran objected and said; Bring them to my garage. And the family of cats grew. Throughout the years hundreds of cats stayed with Göran, he even built sleeping pads along the walls so they would all fit.

The cheetah protector received a special mention at Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2019.

the cheetah protector

Original title: Gepardmannen

Genre: Documentary, Wildlife

Duration: 58 minutes

Year of Production: 2018

Director: Björn Tjärnberg

Producer: Dag Jonzon

Produced by: & Candamo Film

Co-producers: SVT, Film Västernorrland & Region Värmland

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