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Welcome Morgan and Nelson

Sun, 2012-05-27 14:29 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
IMG_0033 Scat Lumumba

Earlier this year I mentioned the master’s student, Dr. Nelson Owange who has joined the ACK team. Nelson attends the University of Nairobi and is about to finish his coursework for the year. In February, Nelson travelled to the USA where he spent two weeks at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. There he met Adrienne Crosier and Morgan Maly. Adrienne is a cheetah reproductive biologist and Morgan is another Masters student. Morgan will be working with Nelson in the field from now (May) through August collecting fecal samples. Every scientist knows you can learn a lot from POOP!

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Salama Update

Sun, 2012-05-27 13:07 by ACK Mary
ACK staff use motorcycle for quickly reaching conflict Cosmas testing motorcycle before handing it over to staff

Rains arrived and have continued for nearly two months now. We used this opportunity to have motorcycle repairs done so that once the rains stop we can assure that our staff can attend to conflicts and conduct their data collection in the most efficient way possible. Our three staff members share the use of the motorcycle. For this motorcycle and its ongoing maintenance we owe another huge thank you to the Cleveland Zoological Society.

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Working in Athi-Kapiti

Sun, 2012-05-27 12:03 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Mary works with Michael Mbithi and AKCP scout ACK and AKCP scouts have eachothers backs!

We all know that each population of cheetahs is not living in isolation. One theory of population dynamics is the “source-sink theory”. There are certain populations which supply the area and recruitment into the sink continues to occur. However, if the source is destroyed the surrounding population will reach extinction. It is often the case with cheetah populations that the areas where there is an abundance of larger predators (lion, leopard, hyena) becomes the sink. Cheetahs need an area to successfully breed and raise cubs in order to continue to supply the sink.

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Yale Alumni at Konza

Sun, 2012-05-27 10:18 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Yale Day of Service Little helpers bring bottles to the team

The Association of Yale Alumni selected 12 May and the “Yale Day of Service” throughout the world. At a get-together in April I proposed the bottling at the Konza ICT as the target project. The Kenyan based alumni showed huge support with ten people arriving at about 9AM and staying through 4PM. It was not only a blessing to have my fellow alumni assist in the project but it was also great fun getting to know them.

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Meibae Update

Sat, 2012-05-26 18:57 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cheetah track Meibae March 2012 Soulh, Chris, Reinier, Cosmas, Moses Meibae May2012

Cosmas, Reinier and I joined our Samburu staff from 5 -11 May.

New scouts – Moses and Soulh – were trained on spoor ID and data collection equipment in February. They worked out of the Meibae headquarters with Chris and the other Conservancy rangers for two weeks in March. They spent thre time in their own respective areas in April with Chirs visiting them each for only two days.

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Human-Wildlife Conflict training

Sat, 2012-05-26 17:55 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Chris shows his gratitude DSCN0931 (1024x622)

Here is a letter from Chris Lentaam who was sponsored by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Zoological society to attend Human Wildlife Conflict training:

I attended a Human Wildlife Conflict Training from 12 through 16 March 2012. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the Cleveland Metro-parks Zoo/Cleveland Zooloigical Society and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. I was very happy to attend the conference to learn about Conflict Mitigation and to meet many other people in my field

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Mara Cub Issue

Thu, 2012-05-17 11:17 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cubs in Samburu (photo by Peter Barber)

I find the discussions on facebook Kenyans for Wildlife (K4W) to be counterproductive. I am glad that for a while I have been able to deflect from the KWS attacks, but I do not understand why a forum that was set up to make a change has become a forum for outsiders to bash organizations and people for which they have no knowledge. KWS does not listen to you because you seldom have strong points. You have asked me to defend myself for something that I did not do wrong. You have labeled me guilty based on hearsay. You have judged the actions of people and organizations from afar.

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The Phantom – a rare spotless cheetah

Sat, 2012-04-28 16:24 by Hans

By GUY COMBES

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Back in December I was told about this incredible ‘morph’ phenomenon that has not been seen for over 90 years, and that there was a pressing need to monitor and protect it while raising awareness of the species as a whole. The last one recorded was shot in Tanzania in 1921.

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Fading Spots: A Mothers Story

Sun, 2012-04-15 06:56 by ACK Mary
Collared mother cheetah with two cubs

http://sagemagazine.org/?p=3348

Please visit this Yale Sage Magazine for an article I wrote about cheetah conservation work in Kenya.

Mary

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Resistance spread 'compromising' fight against malaria

Sat, 2012-04-07 10:33 by Hans

By Matt McGrath
Science reporter, BBC World Service

Scientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is increasing.

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They have confirmed resistant strains of the malaria parasite on the border between Thailand and Burma, 500 miles (800km) away from previous sites.