Long term support for programmes and operations
ACK is grateful to institutions that have provided us with long-term support. These facilities have supported the development of ACK since its beginning:
Several US based facilities have supported ACK over the years. Annual support comes from:
- Utah's Hogle Zoo
- Cleveland Zoological Society and Metroparks Zoo
- Columbus Zoo
- Binder Park Zoo
- Classic Escapes
- St Louis Zoo
Other facilities have provided significant support more than five years:
- The American Association of Zoo Keepers – Bowling for Rhinos
- Kansas City Zoo
- Animal Ark
- Safari West
- Eco-Sys Action
- Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund:
- Fresno Chaffee Zoo
- Toledo Zoo and Workers Union
- Oregon Zoo
- Cheetah Friends Europe
There are many individuals who are or were affiliated with these organizations that have provided tremendous support in terms of financial contributions, moral support and technical advice. These individuals are too many to list, but we would like to thank a few of them in particular.
Cheetah Conservation Fund
ACK has been affiliated with CCF since 2001. Financial and technical support from CCF enabled the formation of ACK. CCF was founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990. CCF created a set of integrated programs aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah. Links with the CCF team include the use of education materials in developing materials for Kenya, advice and collaboration on research techniques, financial support, and personal encouragement.
Kenya Wildlife Service
ACK has been affiliated with KWS since 2001. KWS is the wildlife Authority responsible for conservation and management of Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. ACK works closely with area wardens, scientists and with the KWS headquarters. ACK collaborations with KWS include the National Cheetah Survey, fecal genetic analysis through the forensic laboratory, and links with national strategic planning for carnivore conservation on a range wide scale.
Project Survival is the international link that the Cat Haven facility in Dunlap California manages to support conservation of large carnivores in the wild. ACK is one of several project supported by Project Survival. Through Project Survival ACK has US non-profit status allowing US donors to use donations to ACK as tax deductions. Most US based grants sought by ACK are channeled through our non-profit account. 100% of donations through Project Surivial are sent to ACK for both designated and non-designated (operations) purposes.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
SCBI is an umbrella facility for the Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI in Front Royal hosts a cheetah breeding center and laboratories that establish the facility as one of the leading centers for cheetah reproduction and health. Dr Adrianne Crosier has worked with ACK since 2011 as an advisor in cheetah hormone and genetic studies using fecal samples. The Smithsonian Institute works with KWS and their partners to establish genome data base at the Museums of Kenya.
University of Nairobi
ACK accepts local and international students who submit proposals to link with ongoing or related studies under the programme objectives. In 2013, a formal agreement with the Uof N was signed to allow greater collaboration with the University through the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr William Ogara serves on the CaLL board as chairman and is the primary contact at the university assisting in collaborative studies in cheetah health and ecology. This link not only allows Kenyan students to easily link with ACK, but also provides access to expertise at the UofN.
Meibae Community Conservancy
The Meibae Conservancy is located in northern Samburu and is a member of the Northern Rangelands Trust. ACK has worked in the conservancy since 2010. ACK field staff work closely with the Meibae rangers to collect data, mobilize the community, mitigate conflict and aid in security for the wildlife and the people of the region. In 2014, ACK signed a memorandum of agreement to establish a field base for increased research in the northern region.
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