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Detection Dog

Sun, 2013-05-19 22:30 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Mary and Ginger - she still goes to the field even though not as a detection dog Reinier vanEsch with Floris in 2012

Chai and Cujo are not the first dogs trained by ACK staff and students. In 2008-2010 we trained my pet dog Ginger. A PhD candidate, Chifuyu Beckett (Hawksby) worked diligently to train Ginger. However, Ginger had a very strong bond to me, and the changes in ownership/training caused stress to both Ginger and to me. Ginger is also easily distracted by squirrels, monkeys and rats… thus her focus on the tack of scat detection would often take a sideline.

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March Welcome (belated)

Sun, 2013-05-19 21:58 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cujo with his favorite toy Deanna with Cujo

It has been a very busy couple of months for Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. We welcomed the return of Deanna Russell to our field team. Deanna will volunteer with us for three months as a dog trainer, learning about methods of detection training. Deana is working with two young dogs. The first is Chai, a rescue dog from the Kenya Society for the Protection of Animals. Chai had a moderate play drive, but because of an immediate bond with Deanna, we decided to try using her and build the play drive.

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Western black rhino declared extinct

Fri, 2013-05-10 11:06 by Hans

By Matthew Knight, CNN

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London (CNN) -- Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world's largest conservation network.

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Lumumba’s Discovery

Thu, 2013-01-10 20:20 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
IMG_0011Cosmas and Lumumba tea break

For everyone who has worked with our ACK Salama team, you all know that Lumumba loves to listen to and tell stories from the field. Recent subdivision of the Kima Estate resulted in a rush for the resources. Fires were started during the dry season and after the rains there are many people grazing livestock on the fresh sprouts. Small game animals are regularly reports – dikdik, duiker, Steinbok, hares – now that fire and grazing have cleared much of the thick undercover.

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Cheetah Bait Study Completed

Sun, 2012-12-23 00:04 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:

Early October brought the end of the cheetah bait study. Due to the theft and fires, the study needed an extra two weeks to complete the full course – thus the baits were tested at all 12 sites over 14 weeks. Preliminary results showed frequent hyena visitation to the live goat and less frequent visitation to the robo-goat. The scents tested in this study did not attract cheetah. Nor did the coyote lure. Erica will take the next several weeks to complete the written portion of her project and full results will be made available.

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East Coast USA

Sat, 2012-12-22 14:16 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
10-1 Leo Conservation Center Sep2012 (9) (800x600)

Brenda left us in Syracuse tor return to her family in Michigan, The remainder of the trip was completed by Cosmas, Phyllis and I. We had 6 days to travel down the east coast.

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Game Counts

Sat, 2012-12-22 14:06 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Kima Burn
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Merry Christmas

Mon, 2012-12-17 05:10 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Christmas 2012
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Fire

Sun, 2012-12-16 20:36 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:

With the lack of rain, the grass and bush in the Salama area is dry and brittle in September – perfect weather for fire. People use grass fires to control ticks, but sometimes the fires get out of control. In early October fires broke out in Ulu, Kima and Stanley. This not only threatens people's homesteads, but also temporarily reduces the grazing area for livestock and game. Everything has to move away. It means that predators must either follow the game, or they will be left with not choice but the attempt taking the livestock that are not moved out.

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United Nations calls for global ban on female genital mutilation

Thu, 2012-11-29 07:17 by Hans

By EDITH M. LEDERER 11/26/12 10:44 PM ET EST

UNITED NATIONS -- Campaigners against female circumcision scored a major victory Monday with the approval by a key U.N. committee of a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation.

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