Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) is a long-term project that was initiated through support from the Cheetah Conservation Fund in affiliation with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
From 2001 – 2006, the project was based in Elementaita on the Delamere Estate to evaluate the potential for re-establishing a cheetah population in the Nakuru region. After two years of research in the Nakuru Wildlife Forum, it was determined that cheetahs could no longer live wild in the Nakuru region because of increased human population and land use changes. Research was extended into the Machakos and Laikipia Wildlife forums. It was apparent that differences in land use and tolerance towards the presence of predators played a key role in cheetah presence.
In 2004, Action For Cheetahs partnered with the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) and KWS to launch the second national cheetah survey to be conducted in Kenya. Paule Gros conducted a national evaluation of cheetah status in 1989, but our study was the first project to visit all the cheetah strongholds across Kenya.
In 2005, Action For Cheetahs shifted its research focus to the Machakos region where rapid land use changes were occurring in one of the key cheetah corridors. Combined with the National Cheetah Survey, monitoring in the Salama and Athi-Kapiti regions of the Machakos and Makueni districts provided key insights into the adaptations that cheetahs have made to the influx of settlement. This region is still a major component if Action For Cheetahs research. Research includes habitat monitoring, cheetah tracking and collaring, camera trapping, fecal analysis and conflict mitigation.
In 2009, Action For Cheetahs became the first project under Carnivores, Livelihoods and Landscapes – a registered company in Kenya set up to encompass grass roots conservation projects. Action For Cheetahs also extended its research into the Samburu District. We began working with Save the Elephants and the Ewaso Lions Project on a joint collaring and monitoring project that was met with limited success. Trapping cheetahs in this vast area proved to be difficult. A dedicated cheetah project was set up in the Meibae Conservancy near Wamba in 2011. Research in this area includes habitat monitoring, cheetah tracking, camera trapping and conflict mitigation.
In 2013, Action For Cheetahs was asked to assist in the development of a conservancy in the Wajir District. Working in collaboration with county administration, KWS and community partners the focus of the conservancy will be directed to the benefits of conservation and natural resource management for wildlife and human livelihoods.
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. You can also purchase COOL Crafts online now.
With your help we can continue our research and conversation activities.
- One day School presentation
- One month of phone credit for one staff member
- Printing of one conflict mitigation tool kit
- Printing of one student workbook
- Full set of vaccinations (Rabies and Distemper) for a dog or cat