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:
- Identify factors affecting cheetah livestock predation and mitigate conflict;
- Understand cheetah habitat and prey selections;
- 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 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.