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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Learkeri began working with ACK in 2015 in the Silango area of the Meibae Conservancy.
Kivoi began working with ACK as a research assistant to Masters student Alysa Hansen in 2016 and was hired as a full time community officer in 2017
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.
Francisca was an intern in the Education department in 2017 while she completed her graduation requirements at the University of Nairobi in… She began working full time with ACK in 2018.
Sara's love for big cats, especially cheetahs, started at a very young age with her taking every advantage of zoo camps and junior zoo keeper programs at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo as well as volunteering when she had free time in college. While completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fresno State she also volunteered at Project Survival's Cat Haven, gaining hands on experience with cats while promoting their conservation in-situ.
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.
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