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In the Land of the Desert Cheetah

I’m not entirely convinced this isn’t a death march.  It’s high noon in the oldest desert on earth.  Glancing down at the red sand to see a beetle burrowing back under, saving itself from the scorching heat, I’m transported to a long lost nature program viewed from the comfort of a ‘70s wood-paneled family room…

Saving the Cheetah with Innovative Technology

In Namibia, I visited a foundation with their ear to the ground on the latest technological developments in conservation.  From cyber-stalking their GPS collared cheetah via Google Earth and Sirtrack to scanning footprints (spoor) into an analytical database, N/a’an ku sê Foundation is combining new tech with on-the-ground analogue (so to speak) work in the…

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part III

I asked Cheetah Conservation Botswana’s researcher, Jane Horgan, why they needed to capture and collar a female cheetah. “We wanted home range and movement data to look at the movements of cheetahs through the Ghanzi farmlands. Information about how far they move in a day, how large their home ranges are, how long they stay…

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part II

My first day in the field with Cheetah Conservation Botswana staff, I met Keith. Manager of the Ko Mogotlhong Game Farm, he drove up with his work crew to check out our activities. Since CCB has many camera traps on the farm in addition to the cage trap, I meet Keith a number of times. …

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part I

The latest from cheetah country comes to you in 3 parts:   Part I: Ghanzi District, Botswana. Late October, 2011 – Cheetah Conservation Botswana               It is Sunday at last, time to rest.  A lazy feeling takes hold of cheetah camp, even Murphy is pretty low key and Cat…

When Predators & Farmers Collide : Botswana

These people work hard out here; the conservationists, the farmers, everyone.  The hot days of October dictate an early rise to reach the far-flung locations that entail research, data gathering and community outreach. I’m in the central Kalahari region, just outside the town of Ghanzi in Botswana.  It’s hot, like… Africa hot… as the cliché…

Busting a Cheetah Skin Seller : South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa, December 21, 2011 — I have just returned from a 9-day trip through the remote North West Province and the Karoo in the Eastern Cape.  It is my day off and I fully intend to do nothing other than stroll around beautiful Cape Town without purpose. In famous Greenmarket Square, while…

Reaching out to Communities in Botswana

This is the first installment from reporting on cheetah conservation and human/predator co-existence from Southern Africa.

The Cheetah Run

My continuing look into the world of cheetah conservation and an exploration into the lives of ambassador cheetah in the US brought me to Animal Ark, a 70 acre wildlife sanctuary, located roughly between the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation and the city of Reno, Nevada. Directors Aaron and Diana Hiibel founded Animal Ark 31 years…

Cheetah Ambassador Enlightens People About Big Cat

Through photographs, conservation photographer Marcy Mendelson documents the work of cheetah ambassadors, wild animals trained to teach appreciation of the species by allowing people to approach and see up close the magnificence of the world’s fastest land mammal.