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Our Founders

Mary Wykstra

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. Mary com­pleted a Master’s of Environmental Management degree at Yale University in 2011. Mary’s autho­riza­tion is through the Kenya Ministry of Science and Technology in affil­i­a­tion with the Kenya Wildlife Service and CCF. Mary works within the com­mu­ni­ties to ini­ti­ate pro­grams in research, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion. Mary coor­di­nates all research and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment activ­i­ties related to chee­tah con­ser­va­tion research, she is the liai­son to Action For Cheetahs part­ners and man­ages the admin­is­tra­tive side of Action For Cheetahs.

Laurie Marker, DPhil
Dr. Laurie Marker is Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and co-founded Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Dr Marker worked with cheetahs since 1974, and moved to Namibia in 1990 to develop a permanent Conservation Research Centre for the wild cheetah. She received her doctorate from Oxford University, England in 2002. Laurie recognized the value of Kenya in range wide conservation of cheetahs in eastern Africa. Since 2001, CCF has supported the development of programmes in Kenya through financial assistance and technical advice.



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.

  • 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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