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Action for Cheetahs in Kenya: Resilience
Wednesday, October 4th, 11:00am
Mary Wykstra, Executive Director, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.
Chase Administration Building, Tennity Boardroom.
This event is open to the public at no cost.
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya’s core study area in northern Kenya represents the challenges of human-predator conflict, climate change, and land use change that face cheetahs throughout their range. Action for Cheetahs in Kenya addresses these challenges through community engagement and science-based contributions to conservation decision-making.
Mary Wykstra initiated cheetah research and community development programs in Kenya in 2001. Using pilot studies in several locations around Kenya, the second National Cheetah Survey addresses the threats to cheetahs on a range-wide scale. Mary completed her undergraduate BSc at Michigan State University and her Master of Environmental Management at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mary’s projects work in affiliation with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Cheetah Conservation Fund, and the University of Nairobi. She has empowered more than 100 local and international students through projects in affiliation with ACK and manages a staff of over 20 people and 2 detection dogs to address conflict and corridor conservation issues facing cheetahs on a range-wide scale.