SAMBURU STUDY SITE
Pastoral communities sharing space with wildlife
CHRIS SIMON LENTAAM
Senior Field Officer
Chris Lentaam was the first ACK staff member hired at the Samburu field site in 2010 and is currently enrolled for a Diploma in Community Development at Mount Kenya University.
Together with Cosmas Wambua, Lentaam pioneered the start of research on cheetahs for ACK in Samburu in 2008. His strong drive and ability to identify cheetahs within his area resulted in his employment with ACK. He was born in the Masse region and completed his secondary education at Maralal Boys School.
His main roles at ACK are routine patrols, walking transects, interacting with community members on predator education and building better bomas, advising on proper waste management to fellow community members, boma monitoring for the Deterrent Lights project, and mitigating conflicts.
Learkeri began working with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya in 2015 as the Field Officer for the Silango block of Meibae Community Conservancy. He was born and raised in the Silango area where he attended primary school. He also attended Maralal boys school.
Learkeri coordinated Phase 3 of the Deterrent Lights Project resulting in over 85% reduction in livestock loss to predators.
Learkeri’s work also entails collecting data for ACK through walking transects and routine patrols and educating members of the community on how to build better boma/homesteads as well as matters concerning conservation and wildlife.
Kivoi began working with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya in 2016 as a temporary Research Assistant. He was employed full time in 2017 as a field officer in his home area of Lpus in the Meibae Community Conservancy.
In 2019, he was put in charge of the ACK TakaTaka Project in Meibae. He uses his vast community connections to teach members of his community about the importance of proper solid waste disposal.
As a field officer, his work involves routine patrols, walking transects, vegetation surveys, organizing and participating in ACK projects and activities, boma monitoring activities, and organizing football tournaments to help celebrate International Cheetah Day with his community.
Maxwell joined the Action for Cheetahs in Kenya staff as a field officer for the Nalepoboo block of Meibae Community Conservancy in July of 2018.
He studied at Nomadic pre-school, Lodung'okwe Primary School, and completed his Secondary School Education at Maralal High School.
As a field officer, his work entails data collection through routine patrols and walking transects, boma monitoring activities for the Deterrent Lights project, organizing and participating in ACK activities, and educating members of the community on matters pertaining to conservation, solid waste management and wildlife.
Dominic is an Action for Cheetahs in Kenya Field Officer working in the Mpasion area of Meibae Community Conservancy since July 2018.
He completed his education at Loldungókwe Primary and Maralal Hgh School.
His work entails routine patrols, boma monitoring for the Deterrent Lights Project, walking transects, organizing and participating in ACK projects, and activities such as football tournaments and solid waste management.