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Cheetah Chat: Action for Cheetahs in Kenya

August 10, 2017 at 2pm

A cheetah conservation expert will speak at Binder Park Zoo’s Zamani School in Wild Africa on August 10th at 2:00pm. Binder Park Zoo welcomes Mary Wykstra, Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK). Learn about conservation issues pertaining to the survival of the cheetah, ACK program involvement, and how people worldwide can save the cheetah. The program begins at 2:00pm at the Zamani School, but there will be snacks, crafts, and merchandise from noon-4pm that day. This program is open to the public. Normal zoo admission applies.

Wykstra, an international and highly acclaimed cheetah expert spends her time in Africa as the Principal Investigator and Director for ACK. Wykstra is also a Michigan native who began her journey at Michigan State University.  Upon graduation she became a Zookeeper at Binder Park Zoo and eventually moved on to Utah’s Hogle Zoo where she supervised the exhibit design department.  After spending many years with the Hogle Zoo, Mary journeyed to Africa where she served as Kenya Program Director for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).  Since 2009, Mary has been the Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), working within Kenyan com­mu­ni­ties to ini­ti­ate pro­grams in research, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion. ACK studies are in affiliation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and authorized through the Kenyan Ministry of Science and Technology.  Mary has expe­ri­ence in both Kenya and Namibia with data col­lec­tion, chee­tah research tech­niques, cap­ture and immo­bi­liza­tion, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion. Mary com­pleted a Master of Environmental Management at Yale University in 2011.

Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) is the only range wide cheetah conservation organization in Kenya. ACK conducted the first Kenya national cheetah survey in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Cheetah Conservation Fund and the East African Wildlife Society between 2004 and 2007. Results of the survey formed the baseline for national and regional strategic planning in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other cheetah experts from across Africa.

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