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We spent several days in Fresno with Dale Anderson and Wendy Debbas. Wendy and her husband hosted our stay, but we met daily with Dale and many of the other Cat Haven staff daily. Cheetah Friend Europe (CFE) founders Nancy Benjamins and Maxime Lapidaire joined us in Fresno as well. My niece Brenda Tuttle also came to help with our fundraising efforts and to be another driver for the next leg of our trip.
We did not have the time to visit the Chaffee Zoo this year, but I spoke several times to Scott Barton the zoo director. We will be adding a talk at Chaffee again next year.
Set in the beautiful hills outside of Santa Rosa California is a privately owned zoo called Safari West http://www.safariwest.com/home/
With a brief stop to visit another friend and previous work colleague – Lisa Hendrickson – and a short visit to Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon… we landed our ACK team in Phoenix for the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference. Cosmas and I presented updates to the Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP)and the Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) after their business sessions were completed. The passion and dedication of the members of these groups for the long-term stability of cheetah and other felines is commendable.
It was reported that poachers cut down several hundred meters of the bottles from the fence-line at the ICT. They cut some holes in the fence and used snares to catch animals chased through the holes. There had been no rains for several weeks, and the water points were once again drying. It was beginning to feel like we were back at square one!
Purchase this beautifully written and illustrated children’s book for all cheetah lovers - young and old: Why the Cheetah Hunts at Night.
Find out how the cheetah got his tear lines in this fictional folkloric tale that you will be reading over and over again.
This book is written for us by Aunty Kiko and illustrated with rich, expressive watercolor paintings, by skilled artist, Moses Wanjuki.
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