RESEARCH

It's all in the genes!

Since our founding in 2000, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.

 
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NOREEN MUTORO

Assistant Scientist - National Cheetah Survey, Ph.D. Student

Noreen a research scientist who has been employed with ACK since 2015. Noreen has authored several manuscripts using data collected during her own studies. She assists with other publications using past ACK data and has presented findings in various conferences and forums, both regionally and internationally.

She holds a BSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the University of Nairobi (UON). Noreen joined our project in 2013 as a Masters student from the UON where she completed a project on the  “Assessment of cheetah dietary selection outside protected areas in Salama-Athi Kapiti Plains”. Noreen has participated in training programmes in GIS mapping, genetic analysis, social science surveys and project planning through ESRI, Cheetah Conservation Fund and through university affiliated programmes. Her passion and expertise make her a skilled leader in the National Cheetah Survey team.

Noreen has authored several manuscripts using data collected during her own studies. She assists with other publications using past ACK data and has presented findings in various conferences and forums, both regionally and internationally.

Over the years, Noreen has developed skills in carnivore dietary analysis through morphological assessment of prey hair, field sample collection of carnivore hair and feces, GIS/ remote sensing, proposal writing, scientific writing, and public speaking.

Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Salzburg in Austria and is assisting ACK with the National Cheetah Survey.

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SARA BLAKE

Senior Scientist

Sara has been working with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya as a Senior Research Scientist since July 2017.


She holds an MSc in Biology from California State Bakersfield as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a specialization in Ecological, Environmental and Organismal Biology (EEOB) from Fresno State University. Prior to joining ACK, Sara had a wealth of experience in captive carnivore management through volunteer and internships in the US, Namibia, and South Africa. She is currently a lecturer at Reedley College sharing her knowledge and experience with students in wildlife ecology and environmental management.


Her current work for ACK includes data management, staff management, representing ACK at various meetings or conferences, and supervising students and volunteers.

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TIMOTHY MAIYO

Research Assistant

Timothy is a Research Assistant hired in June 2019 to help Ph.D. student Noreen Mutoro. He was given a full-time position with ACK in March 2020.


He holds a Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI). Prior to working with ACK, he interned with Tsavo East National Park in 2017, where he worked with different departments, gaining valuable experience. He also assisted Tsavo Trust in research concerning elephants, hirola and Grevy's zebras.

His work entails accompanying the ACK Scat Dog Detection Team to help in data collection through recording of weather parameters and collection of scat samples during searches and patrols. Additionally, his ability to communicate effectively is evident in the frequent talks with rangers and scouts from various conservancies concerning cheetah sightings and reports as well as scat sample collection. Timothy uses the information from the rangers to inform ACK field staff concerning cheetah sightings and scat collection in their areas.

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PETER KIBOBI

Linear Ecology

Peter began full time work with ACK in January 2020 with focus on linear development impacts on wildlife movement.


Peter completed his master's study field work in the Salama region in 2019 through the University of Eldoret. He mapped the mortality hotspots along a 75km stretch of the busy Mombasa Highway. Using his study as a pilot, the ACK field team continues to monitor wildlife corridors and suggest solutions that will reduce mortality and have a positive impact on sustainable development for people.


He supervises data collection, coordinates outreach with stakeholders and analyzes data on the impact of barriers that impact cheetahs.