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Mary Wykstra
MEM., Principal Investigator and Action For Cheetahs Director

Since 2009, Mary is the Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), and was the Kenya Director for 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.

Lumumba Mutiso
Salama Community Liason Officer

As the Community Liaison Officer, Lumumba Mutiso is the eyes and ears of Action For Cheetahs since 2004. In 2003, when his live­stock were attacked by chee­tahs in the Salama area, he took an inter­est in want­ing to know more about the preda­tors after meet­ing the Action For Cheetahs staff.

Ken Mwange
House Caretaker

Began work­ing as the Nairobi house care­taker in 2008. Ken is the smil­ing face that every­one remem­bers as he keeps the gar­den and the home in Nairobi neat and cares for our staff and volunteers.

Pius Wamunyu
Community Field Officer

Began work­ing with Action For Cheetahs as a chee­tah scout in 2009. Pius was a tai­lor by trade and still man­ages a small tai­lor shop in Salama. He had a keen inter­est in the wildlife in the area and dur­ing his inter­view he was well orga­nized and wanted to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity. He lives in Salama and has a farm in the Mukaa dis­trict. 

Jimmy Muli
Community Field Officer

Began work­ing with Action For Cheetahs in Kenya as a chee­tah scout in 2009. Jimmy had prior research expe­ri­ence work­ing with stu­dents from the University of Nairobi study­ing spring­hare in the 1980’s. Lives on his farm in the Kiu area of the Salama study site and cov­ers a por­tion of Kiu, Aimi and Malili regions.

Chris Simon Lentaam
Samburu Community Liason Officer

Chris was born and raised in the Samburu and Laikipia Districts. In the north­ern arid areas of Kenya peo­ple share scarce resources (par­tic­u­larly water), and range­land with wildlife. This is how Chris became famil­iar with wildlife and devel­oped a love for all animals. He com­pleted his O-level (High School) edu­ca­tion at Maralel High School.  He did not have the funds to attend col­lege imme­di­ately so he vol­un­teered to work with the Meibae Conservancy.

Moses Kinosi
Community Field Officer

Moses attended Maralel High School. He was an assis­tant teacher at a local pri­mary school after leav­ing High School, but had aspired to work with the rangers in the Conservancy. He was a close runner-up when posi­tions were filled in late 2011 and was one of the first rec­om­mended to us by the con­ser­vancy chair­man when we were ready to hire more field offi­cers. Moses enjoys being in nature and learn­ing from it each day.

Soulh Lemuntare
Community Field Officer

Soulh com­pleted his O-level (High School) edu­ca­tion at Maralel High School. He was raised in the Lpus por­tion of the Meibae Conservancy. He had also applied for ranger train­ing and was highly rec­om­mended by the con­ser­vancy man­ager. Soulh cov­ers the region of the con­ser­vancy with the high­est ele­phant num­bers and he encoun­ters them every day. He most enjoys watch­ing the ani­mals and read­ing the signs they pro­vide to learn more about ani­mal behaviours.

Sarah Omusula
Bsc, ACK Senior Research Scientist

Sarah began working with ACK in 2014. She studied wildlife management at the Kenya Wildlife Service Institute in Naivasha and completed undergraduate studies in Wildlife Management in 2013 from the University of Eldoret.

Susan Kuria
ACK Assistant Scientist

Susan will complete her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Nairobi in 2015. Through support of the Wells Fargo Security Company, Susan is supervising the detection dog and fecal analysis work. Susan has experience with working dogs through internships at KK Security.

Noreen Mutoro
Msc, ACK Assistant Scientist

Noreen completed her Master of Science in Biology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Nairobi in 2015. The focus of her study was the evaluation of prey selection in cheetahs in the Salama and Athi Kapiti regions.

Holly Koppleberger
Volunteer

Holly has a long affiliation with zoos. She has worked and volunteered for the National Zoo in Washington DC, the Akron Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She also shares a passion for Africa.

Erica Hermsen
Volunteer

After completing her MSc research Erica continues to support ACK as our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Erica is passionate about wildlife and Africa in particular.

Suze Billmann
Volunteer (Webdesign project manager)

Suze worked as a volunteer at ACK in 2014. She has a passion for Africa and wildlife contributing her time to assure wildlife and communities florish together.

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.

  • Student/Teacher Activity Book - $10 each
  • Plant 10 Trees - $20 
  • Support a School Visit - $30 
  • Field gear for Scouts - $50 
  • Sponsor Detection Dog - $100/month 
  • Sponsor Field Officer/month - $200/month
  • Field Monitoring Equipment - $500

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