Actions For Cheetahs In Kenya

Our Mission

The Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) mis­sion is to pro­mote the con­ser­va­tion of chee­tahs through research, aware­ness and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in Kenya. ACK works closely with local wildlife author­i­ties and land hold­ers to develop poli­cies and pro­grammes which sup­port wildlife con­ser­va­tion and human liveli­hoods for the long-term devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able human and wildlife zones.

The objec­tives are:

  1. Identify fac­tors affect­ing chee­tah live­stock pre­da­tion and mit­i­gate conflict;
  2. Understand chee­tah habi­tat and prey selections;
  3. Influence pub­lic and admin­is­tra­tive changes to pos­i­tively affect chee­tah conservation-management protocol.

The project focuses on two regions (Salama and Samburu) which are iden­ti­fied as a high pri­or­ity in the National Cheetah and Wild Dog Strategic Plan and fol­lows meth­ods rec­om­mended by the Global Cheetah Master Plan.

Mary Wykstra

Mary founded Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, (ACK) in 2009 after conducting research under Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) from 2001 to 2008. She has experience in both Kenya and in Namibia with data collection, cheetah research techniques, capture and immobilization, community development and education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University in 1987. Between 1987 and 2001, she worked at different zoos as with duties from animal care to exhibit design. She completed a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2011. Mary's authorization is through the Kenya Ministry of Science and Technology in affiliation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and CCF. She works within the communities in the Mukaa and Samburu districts to coordinate programs in research, community development and education. Together with other partners she aims to secure a future for carnivores in Kenya.