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Action for Cheetahs in Kenya - Mission and Goals

Fri, 2009-02-06 23:13 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:

Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK)
A Not-for-Profit cheetah conservation project

Mission:
ACK aims to promote the conservation of cheetahs through research, awareness and community participation in Kenya. ACK works closely with local wildlife authorities and landholders to develop policies and programmes that support wildlife conservation and human livelihoods for the long-term development of sustainable human and wildlife zones.

Goals:

  1. To evaluate cheetah habitats, and to assess human interactions and tolerance in areas that support cheetah populations on ranchlands and wildlife dispersal areas.
    This includes:
    • The study of demographics through tracking resident cheetahs
    • Long term monitoring of selected cheetah populations and specific trans-located animals.
  2. To develop protocols and research programmes for the evaluation of cheetah health and genetics.
    This includes:
    • Opportunistic sampling (necropsy, orphans, etc.)
    • Formally planned sampling (collaring target cheetahs, specific biomedical collections, faecal collections, etc.)
  3. To establish and link with community development projects for sustainable land and wildlife practices in order to promote tolerance of the cheetah as part of a balanced ecosystem.
    This includes:
    • Snare removals, tree planting, bee keeping, livestock management, etc.
  4. To support the development of student initiatives in the research of human/wildlife ecology in regions where cheetah populations are sustainable.
  5. To establish partnerships with other conservation and education initiatives to further develop projects and programmes for the benefit of the cheetah.
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