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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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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.

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NIH temporarily bans new chimpanzee research

Sat, 2011-12-17 10:13 by Hans
Linda Köbner/CHIMP HAVEN – Chimps Doll and Alvin have been used in biomedical research and are now free.

By Brian Vastagg

Read the complete article in The Washington Post

The National Institutes of Health has placed a temporary moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees, it announced Thursday in response to a report that marks nearly all medical research on the great apes as scientifically unjustified.

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Tue, 2011-12-13 11:14 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
2012 Calendar Cover (800x565)

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Nelson Meets ACK Staff

Thu, 2011-11-24 11:27 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Peter (volunteer), Mary (ACK Director) and Nelson (master Candidate) Jimmy, Nelson, Cosmas

In addition to Erica who has been previously introduced we will work with Nelson Owange – a student of Epidemiology and Economics at the University of Nairobi. Nelson has spent time with our staff and is familiarizing himself with the Salama and Athi-Kapiti areas as he continues his coursework. Nelson will be trained on handling the sniffer dog and on the fecal processing… although he has more previous experience in fecal analysis than any of us! (Nelson worked with EarthWatch in Wamba (Samburu) conducting hair analysis of various predators).

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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Thu, 2011-11-24 11:09 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Mary and Miriam in Waterford conservation area - Virginia USA Adrienne with cheetah cub born SCBI - from washingtonian

I rented a car and drove from Atlanta to Virginia.. arriving on the doorstep of Miriam Westervelt after eight hours behind the wheel. Miriam is a former US Fish and Wildlife Service – environmental educator. She spent only a week with ACK after previously working on strategic planning for the education department of CCF in Namibia. She is currently studying conservation planning and has a passion for Kenya. I enjoyed tours of the environmental work that Miriam does in her own back yard, and we chatted extensively about conservation planning for ACK.