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Cheetah protection and conservation in Tsavo
$2,550 raised
102% of $2.5k goal
48 contributors
4 Years running

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The Tsavos are a vast ecosystem of wildlife diversity, with multiple tribal communities residing on the peripheries of the park boundaries. They are also home to one of the last remaining population strongholds for the cheetah in all of East Africa; the Tsavo cheetah population.

To date, we have mainly focused field programs in and around Tsavo East National Park, Alone, this wild expanse covers an area of 13, 747² km. The Tsavos are largely unfenced, but they need to be to enable connecting populations of threatened species; such as the cheetah and African wild dog. The down side is, more conflict between the predators and residents on their settlements and more conflict between predators and pastoralists inside the parks, where they often graze their livestock. The project also needs to investigate the southern Tsavo west population, which borders to the north of Tanzania,connecting with Mkomazi National Park (Tanzania)..

The Tsavo Cheetah Project has followed up on livestock loss and predation reports made by residents, since inception. Investigations into cheetah presence and depredation on small (and occasionally large) bodied livestock, verification through examination of bite marks and measures to reduce conflict with the cheetah and other large cats, is an ongoing activity of the project. Only when we verify reports and work directly with communities can we provide on-ground assistance and education to effectively reduce conflict between local predators, the people, and their livestock. Thus, allowing for coexistence between communities and predators, and conservation of the cheetah, as a highly threatened species.

Our project covers a vast area, which is necessary for a species with such a large home range. We are raising funds this month to fund transportation costs to and from local community homesteads, schools for our education programs on the cheetah, and for critical cheetah monitoring, with emphasis in areas of high predator conflict.

With your donation in any amount, we are one step closer to meeting our goal in ensuring the continuation of these vital cheetah conservation programs, in Tsavo, Kenya. Asante Sana (Thank you) in advance, for caring enough to contribute towards their protection.

100% of donations for Tsavo Cheetah Project are utlized directly in the field.

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