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by Mary Wykstra
My visit to the US began and ended in Michigan. On 5 Sep, I was met by Guy Combes where we planned joint activities for promoting ACK and the link with the Soysambu Conservancy. The Soysambu Conservancy is where I began cheetah work in Kenya (2001) and is a location of interest for a potential cheetah sanctuary.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.tandafrika.com) who are enroute from France to South Africa by bicycle.
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