Climbing for Cheetahs
On March 16 our Canine Programme Coordinator, Evans Odundo, will ascend Mt Kenya with Brian Johnson. The climb is a crowdrise campaign to raise awareness for elephants and funds for one of our colleague programs, Save The Elephants. They will descend on the 19th of March.
Evans states "I would like to raise awareness about dogs and cheetahs along additional funds for the canine project with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK). I met Brian through his work as a canine handler when he volunteered with ACK. It was then that Brian assisted in making one of my dreams come true - to hike the beautiful mountain that I have watched looming over me since I was a child.
My dogs and I will be travelling in all corners of Kenya for the next two years in search of cheetah scat ( yup...poop). I have trained the dogs for the last 18 months. As soon as I come back down from the Mountain the real work will begin. The scat we find across the country will be taken to the forensic lab at the Kenya Wildlife Service for analysis. We will learn about the cheetahs diet through microscopic hairs washed from the scat. We will learn about cheetah health through hormones and parasites. And most importantly we will learn about the corridors of cheetahs through genetics by fragments of DNA isolated from the scat.
My dogs are vital for the National Cheetah Survey so our equipment, daily care and transport is critical for them to be effective. Alongside of the overarching elephant fundraiser, I would like to take this opportunity to raise funds for and awareness about the cheetahs.
There are less than 7000 cheetahs remaining in Africa and only about 1200 in Kenya. My dogs & I are doing our best to aid in the knowledge that will help cheetahs to survive."
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