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St. Louis (KSDK) - The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of 70 miles an hour, but it's also the most endangered cat in Africa.

Tuesday in St. Louis you have a chance to meet Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and the leading cheetah expert and conservationist in the world.

She was our guest Monday on First @ 4. Click the video player above to hear what she had to say.

Dr. Marker will be at the Saint Louis Zoo Tuesday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. in "The Living World" area, speaking as part of the Zoo's Lunchtime Wildlife Lecture Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

She'll also appear at a cocktail reception Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8pm. The reception benefits CCF, and will be held at The Racquet Club at 476 N. Kingshighway in St. Louis. The event, hosted by Paul Zemitzsch, Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, Virginia Busch, Marguerite Garrick and Dr. Joseph Ojile, will feature a presentation by Dr. Marker about her work in Africa.

Tickets for the event are $150 per couple.

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