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Knowledge is Power is a performing group from the slums of Nakuru. Their mission: to empower youth through educational and entertaining performances. Since CCFK is always looking to reach out in creative ways, we were honored to play a role in their work...literally. In 2006, one of KIP's volunteers, Alex Joji, wrote a play about the plight of Kenya's cheetahs based on CCFK's research. We booked a performance at the Kamathatha school in January 2007, and, needless to say, the show was a hit.
The Pan African Association of Zoo’s Aquarium’s and Botanical Gardens held their Annual Conference in Entebbe, Uganda in May 2009. I was privileged to be accepted as a presenter among many other amazing people. PAAZAB includes members from zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, snake parks, breeding facilities and research programmes across Africa.
Victoria Yu joined our team in July for four (4) weeks. Victoria majored in English Literature at Yale university, so in addition to assisting in cheetah research, she wrote some articles and assisted us in developing materials for promoting programmes with Kenya artists. Look for blog updates written by Victoria to catch everyone up on our activities in the past years through the current issues.
The 2010 Calendar is now available.
The Holiday season is now approaching. Calendars make a great gift for your Holiday guests. Order your Kenya Cheetah calendar through http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=cheetah_shop
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya needs your help. To make a donation, please visit Project Survival – www.cathaven.com/shop/
Written by Victoria Yu - using past newsletters
Remember that mother of five we radio-collared in March 2005? Well, “Mom” went on to have four more cubs in August 2005, two of which unfortunately died on the Mombasa Highway. But we continued tracking her and her brood all the way through December 2006, when her cubs graduated to independence. These cheetahs are ahead of the game: females have been known to stay with their cubs until they are 18-20 months old, but these became independent at 15 months. Good luck, graduates!
In February, return volunteer Peter Barber visited us for nearly two months. Peter has been a part of the Cattle Dip project since the beginning. This year we tested his skills and patience in cheetah trapping and tracking. The robo-goat came to reality thanks to ideas from Peter so it was only fair that we tested it when he was here. In Samburu we spent hours in the sun looking for the cheetahs only to have the KWS vet be called away before we could find our target.
Collaring attempts in the Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves continued with field work in Buffalo Springs during attachment to ongoing Save the Elephant and Ewaso Tracking Project work from 22-25 June 2009. KWS Veterinary officer, Stephen Chege was scheduled by Save the Elephant for Elephant and Zebra
The injured cheetah that was in Samburu in March was reported near Spring pools by an Isiolo ranger two weeks after we found her. The wound was still visible, but she was with a male. If mating occurred, it would be likely that she will be seen with cubs in July-August.
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