Carnivores, Livelihoods and Landscapes (CaLL)
ACK began working in Kenya in 2001 under the umbrella of Cheetah Conservation Fund as CCF Kenya. In 2009, we changed our name to Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and became the first grassroots project under the Kenya based organization, CaLL. ACK is the only cheetah project in Kenya that is fully dedicated to range wide cheetah conservation. As the first programme under CaLL, we have established links that other small grass roots projects can utilize in the formation of not-for-profit status in Kenya.
Cheetah Conservations Fund
ACK has been affiliated with CCF since 2001. Financial and technical support from CCF enabled the formation of ACK. CCF was founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990. CCF created a set of integrated programs aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah. Links with the CCF team include the use of education materials in developing materials for Kenya, advice and collaboration on research techniques, support of
Kenya Wildlife Service
ACK has been affiliated with KWS since 2001. KWS is the wildlife Authority responsible for conservation and management of Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. ACK works closely with area wardens, scientists and with the KWS headquarters. ACK collaborations with KWS include the National Cheetah Survey, fecal genetic analysis through the forensic laboratory, and links with national strategic planning for carnivore conservation on a range wide scale.
Project Survival - Cat Haven
Project Survival is the international link that the Cat Haven facility in Dunlap California manages to support conservation of large carnivores in the wild. ACK is one of several project supported by Project Survival. Through Project Survival ACK has US non-profit status allowing US donors to use donations to ACK as tax deductions. Most US based grants sought by ACK are channeled through our non-profit account. 100% of donations through Project Surivial are sent to ACK for both designated and non-designated (operations) purposes.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
SCBI is an umbrella facility for the Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI in Front Royal hosts a cheetah breeding center and laboratories that establish the facility as one of the leading centers for cheetah reproduction and health. Dr Adrianne Crosier has worked with ACK since 2011 as an advisor in cheetah hormone and genetic studies using fecal samples. The Smithsonian Institute works with KWS and their partners to establish genome data base at the Museums of Kenya.
University of Nairobi
ACK accepts local and international students who submit proposals to link with ongoing or related studies under the programme objectives. In 2013, a formal agreement with the Uof N was signed to allow greater collaboration with the University through the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr William Ogara serves on the CaLL board as chairman and is the primary contact at the university assisting in collaborative studies in cheetah health and ecology. This link not only allows Kenyan students to easily link with ACK, but also provides access to expertise at the UofN.
Meibae Community Conservancy
The Meibae Conservancy is located in northern Samburu and is a member of the Northern Rangelands Trust. ACK has worked in the conservancy since 2010. ACK field staff work closely with the Meibae rangers to collect data, mobilize the community, mitigate conflict and aid in security for the wildlife and the people of the region. In 2014, ACK signed a memorandum of agreement to establish a field base for increased research in the northern region.
Support our work
ACK needs your help to support our scouts and the community so we can accomplish our goal of conservation of the cheetahs in Kenya. With your help we can continue our research and conversation activities.
- Plant 10 Trees - $10 each
- Support a school visit - $30 each
- Rain Gear - $50 each
- Sponsor a scout - $200 each