I apologize that I have had so little time during the past few years to update our news and general website. I have largely posted in Facebook and social media, when I do make time, so please refer to the Project's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tsavo-Cheetah-Project-175319669169721/ That said, i do endeavor to post more from the field beginning August. Greetings from Tsavo!
We've been very busy and simply cannot find time to post on multiple media pages, at this time. Therefore, please find all our latest updates on the project's Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tsavo-Cheetah-Project/
The Tsavo Cheetah Project will once again be an associate at the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) Expo, on Saturday Oct. 10th. We hope to see you there! http://wildnet.org/events/wildlife-conservation-expo-0
We pass these out when visiting communities for the first time and as needed. We also have a Kiswahili version. The sheets have been so helpful in instilling knowledge on the basic differentiation of these two local, spotted, though very different felids!
Victory! During 2014 the project and scientists at the neighboring Rukinga sanctuary, were trying to confirm the presence of a female cheetah which had been sighted in years prior. While camera units were useful in identifying 5 male cheeta...hs; we thus far had not captured the female on the units. Covering a much larger area, as female cheetahs do, she was finally spotted, and with four healthy cubs. This looks promising for the Rukinga population. This location which lies between the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks may also serve as a corridor for the connecting populations. Camera units will assist with confirmation over time. Photo credit: Bernard Amakobe
Cameras being re-deployed in locations of protected areas for cheetah identification and monitoring. Here, we will also test the efficacy of "Obsession for Men", as a harmless luring technique for cheetahs. Given the close proximity of other large cats in the area (such as the girl, pictured here, this morning,) will be interesting to see what we capture...
Into 2015, the project has been busy initiating additional education programs in various schools of high priority , where students share their lands with threatened predators. This primary school immediately borders Tsavo East and hosts primarily children of pastoral communities.
Also high on our agenda, is collaborations with like-minded local conservation initiatives and science projects, such as Wildlife Works - Rukinga Sanctuary scientists. Here is their awesome research station in the quiet Rukinga bush..
Verification of livestock depredation, the predator responsible, and both proven and innovative methods to mitigate conflict has also expanded within our study area. With this, many communities are requesting project camera trap units to assist in confirming cheetah / predator presence and attacks on livestock.