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Welcome Reinier

Thu, 2012-03-22 16:41 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Conflict Training March 2012 - Reinier and ACK Staff Reinier tying strings on bottles - Konza Animal Rescue

Renier van Esch joined ACK as a student intern to assist in conservation efforts. He attends Helicon Universtity in Ecology and Wildlife Management. In his first two weeks he has assisted with Konza Animal Rescue efforts working with local volunteers to hang reflective bottles, he has entered data and is drafting updates to the web site and he is learning about wildlife monitoring efforts to assist in setting game count transects. Thank you Reinier - you are a plesure to have on our team!

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Practice makes Perfect

Thu, 2012-03-22 16:33 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Lumumba role plays as the farmer while Pius conducts interview Jimmy conducts interview with Lumumba whild Cosmas and Pius take notes

Since 2007 we have collected details on predator conflict in the Salama area. After running analysis on the data we have now formulated a new questionaire. Our staff role play and practice interviewing to maintian consistancy in the way we ask and record questions.

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Thank you Utahs Hogle Zoo

Thu, 2012-03-22 16:17 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
New truck decal Rave decal

I would like to say a big thanks to Utah's Hogle Zoo for their continuous support for the past 10 years. Grants and in-kind donations have come reglarly from the Zoological Society and from the Utah Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. The Utah AAZK also hosts an annual Bowling for Rhinos event raising funds for rhino conservation in Kenya, Sumatra and Java. A portion of the funds raised through that event are also given to ACK.
Recently a group of keepers and friends travelled to Kenya on safari and carried camera traps and vehicle stickers donated from the zoo.
THANK YOU!

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More Help for the Konza Wildlife Rescue

Tue, 2012-03-20 18:22 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
zebra dies at Konza fence - photo by Michael Mbithi Fence damage by wildlife

It has been more than six weeks since the fence construction at Konza stopped. The two openings remain on the southern and eastern corners. For several weeks while KWS, ACK, the Athi-Kapiti Cheetah project and neighboring ranches evaluated the situation, water was provided through donations to the Friends of the Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP). Michael Mbithi headed the watering efforts until the government paperwork could be filed to allocate the necessary funding.

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A Brief History of African Stereotypes

Sat, 2012-03-10 10:14 by Hans
Josiah Wedgwood and William Hackwood or Henry Webber:  Official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, c. 1787.

Part 1: Broken, Helpless Africa

By John Edwin Mason

Read the complete article

Everything you know about Africa is wrong.

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Training Staff in Samburu

Sun, 2012-03-04 20:25 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cosmas and Chris use calipers to measure cheetah track in Meibae Feb 2012 Meibae Training 2012 (1) (1024x768)

Two new field staff have been added to the ACK efforts in cheetah conservation in the Meibae Conservancy. Soulh and Kinosi will be working part time through May while they work with the Conservancy rangers on data collection. Chris Lentaam remains the primary field officer in the area. Chris leads the training and will be the point person in our work in the Conservancy. Chris has also been given training on data entry and will attend a Human-Wildlife conflict seminar in Laikipia in March.

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Do Animals Have Abortions?

Sat, 2012-02-25 22:00 by Hans
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Konza ITC - Animal Assistance

Sat, 2012-02-04 21:02 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Bottles tied for noise and reflection Nearly 2Km and 8000 bottles

Two weeks ago I was alerted about an issue at the Konza ICT Technical Park. The 5000 acre Park fence has been underway since early this year. I have watched with dismay as the posts were placed and as chain linke has surrounded the entire Park... leaving only about 1KM opening and creating a fullel trype trap for resident wildlife.

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ACK Congratulates Elena

Sat, 2012-01-14 17:20 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Elena painted a wild dog onto a decorative plate for Cosmas Elena with one of the cheetahs under her care in Moscow

Dr. Elena Elena Chelysheva, Russian zoologist, received affiliation with KWS and her three year research permit from the Ministry of Education to conduct her long-term research. In 2012, Elena will head the Kenya “Meru-Mara Cheetah Project” aims to evaluate Cheetah population status in regions with different types of anthropogenic influence (Masai Mara National Reserve versus Meru Conservation Area). Elena will work with other carnivore programmes in the two regions to identify cheetahs and conduct survey of social structure.

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Community Meetings

Sat, 2012-01-14 16:39 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Lumumba presents improved herder award Mary and Cosmas with KWS and local administration

For the past six years ACK has been monitoring the cheetah and the ecosystem in the Salama area. Results from the data collected are entered into a series of data bases and each year we run preliminary analysis of the data. In our upcoming newsletters and annual reports we are proud to say that we are now able to look at some of the trends in this data. One of the most challenging issues for the staff on the ground is in explaining the importance of collecting the data.