In the last three years I’ve worked tirelessly meeting people in the field of cheetah conservation both at home in California and in the countries where the cheetah still roam their natural habitat. From the ambassadors of their species in the United States to the wild cats of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the journey continues to be an eye-opening, life-changing adventure.
This June, I embark on what I’m calling Phase II: Kenya. Different country, different people, different cultures, different landscapes. What do the cheetah encounter here and how do Kenyans co-exist (or not) with these incredible predators? In a land where commercial hunting is outlawed, and yet poaching has reached the level of global crisis, can the cheetah survive these difficult times? How do the nature conservancies work with local communities? How can the Kenyan love for technology play a role in sustainability?
I’ll be exploring the answers to these questions while traveling with safari outfitters, meeting with conservationists and techies in Nairobi, and hitting the road with NGO, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.
Coming up, a sneak peak on the work of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and the adventure to come!
Catch up on all the cheetah stories from Southern Africa here: Cheetah Conservation in Southern Africa via National Geographic News Watch
All images, video & text: Marcy Mendelson © 2013 / Cheetah-Watch.com