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Mary in the USA

Thu, 2009-12-17 14:23 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
CaLL poster

By Mary Wykstra

I went to the US from 4 September through 27 October. This has been to date the longest I have been away from Kenya since starting the cheetah work here.
4 September

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Caught Again

Thu, 2009-12-17 14:16 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cheetah mom 150 w collar - Sep 09 (1) Cheetah mom 150 w collar - Sep 09 (10)

By Mary Wykstra

On the morning that I was heading to TZ I woke at 0430 with an overwhelming urge to check on Cheetah Jane. I opened the Google Earth and entered our pass code… HMMMM she was in the same location for over 5 hours – since around 2200 the night before. I waited until 0630 and called Cosmas “Please go check the trap in the upper field… Cheetah Jane is somewhere near it and has not moved in 5 hours.” I did not expect that she went into the trap, but worried that she was stalking the calves that the Stanely Ranch kept in that field.

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St Louis Zoo helps with the US–KE–TZ link

Thu, 2009-12-17 13:59 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
TZ Aug 2009 - Terengere - Amy TZ Aug 2009 - Terengere - lion print (2)

By Mary Wykstra

In early August ACK welcomed Steve Bircher from the St. Louis Zoo to our home and our camp. Steve is our link to the St. Louis Zoo where we have received grants for our Cheetah Scouts and collaring work. Steve came out to Kenya and Tanzania to get a closer look at our work and how we are doing with the St Louis Zoo support.

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Youth and Self Help groups

Thu, 2009-12-17 13:48 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Hassan visits with Kalule Self Help Group Aug 09 (7) Mary with Kalule Self Help Group Aug 09

Eco Sys Action employee, Hassan Njenga, visited the Kalule area. Here the community has decided to make environmental caretaking a priority. They currently have about three self help groups in the area who work with water supply, school building and tree nursery. Other programmes the groups would like to be more involved with are Poultry production

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Happy Bee Day

Thu, 2009-12-17 13:43 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Bee Keeping - Happy Bee Day suit Aug 09 (3)

A belated happy B-day to the Mark Bellamy - previous US ambassador to Kenya.

In support of our bee keeping projects in Salama, Ann Bellamy gave her brother a special birthday present… bee suits and a smoker for Sam. You can read more about this at the Cheetah Alliance web site.


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Sports and Conservation

Thu, 2009-12-17 13:24 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Maingi - Salama Youth Leader Christian  - Eco Sys Action

by Mary Wykstra

In 2008, two organizations proposed to engage the Salama community in competitive sports in the name of conservation. It is well documented that youth and community involvement in sports builds morale in individual participants and engages participants in a “team” mentality. Improving team work on the playing field also improves co-opreation through networking.

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Trapping a Cheetah

Thu, 2009-12-17 13:04 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Maike and Pius remove damaged robo goat Briefing with vets and ACK staff prior to immobilization

Our trapping methods have been explained in previous blogs. We set traps in the end of July and through the month of August.

After closing traps from 1-3 August we returned to reopen the trap on the fourth.
First - I had a problem with the robo-goat… In pluged the 110volt speakers directly into the 220volt power. OOOPPPSSS. Speakers be fried! In a few weeks I would be leaving for the US, so we decided to pack up Robo until I return with fixed or a new set of speakers.

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Riding for Cheetahs

Sun, 2009-11-29 15:04 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Bike Football poster 2009

This event will be a competition involving bicycles. A course of approximately 30 KM will be set up for participants to ride. We are looking for gifts to give participants for placement in the race as well as for other environmental prizes and efforts. We are inviting participants to race against the members of the local community and international friends from Tand’Afrika ( who are enroute from France to South Africa by bicycle.

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Eco-Sys Action Football Cup" (EAFC)

Sun, 2009-11-29 14:25 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Ladies football practice

Eco-Sys Wana Duma is partnering with Action for Cheetahs to conduct sporting events in the Salama area to raise awareness for conservation and the environment

“Playing for Cheetahs”
This event will be a football competition in the name of conservation. It is hosted by "Eco-Sys Action Football Cup" and supported by Sporting Conservation. The 7 a-side competition will involve local community teams for children, women and men. The theme of this event is also to bring awareness to Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and the need for environmental conservation.

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Biodiversity Saving the Day

Sun, 2009-11-22 08:50 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Nyaguti and Mary set up camp after the Conference Speaker at Biodiversity Conference

Written by Victoria Yu

In April 2007, KWS hosted a biodiversity conference for local and international research in Kenya It provided an opportunity for researchers to share information with each other and with young students who are breaking into the field of conservation. Bonnie Schumann (CCF Namibia) and our very own Mary Wykstra gave a presentation on our efforts to incorporate community development into cheetah conservation programs in Kenya and in Namibia. Good job, ladies!