Basecamp’s cheetah monitoring and conservation project was initiated to secure a healthy population of the Mara cheetah while building the capacity of the Maasai Mara guides and the local community to act to minimize cheetah harassment or killing.
As of 2009/2010 the cheetah project is incorporated into an expanded Big Cat conservation project within the new 20,000 hectare Naboisho Conservancy and the greater Maasai Mara eco-system. One reason for expanding the scope of the original cheetah project is that lions or hyenas often snatch the preys killed by the cheetah. Hence, we want to monitor predators that directly compete with cheetahs.
In Naboisho our team of 5 scouts monitor predators and contribute to their conservation. This team has been very fruitful and their foot patrol work is being replicated in neighbouring conservancies. They have developed a reporting system to ensure that the Maasai herders have up to date information on the location of lion prides, cheetahs and leopards. By acting on this information our communities can avoid getting into direct conflict with predators; so far 75 % of the interventions have resulted in revenge missions being avoided.
About 35 cheetahs have been identified and the Mara stakeholders have been mobilized to carry out cheetah identification and reporting. Factors that threaten the survival of the Mara cheetah were identified during the first phase and include loss of cubs and kills to lions and hyena, insensitive driving around cheetah and poisoning by herders. Through the project, timely scientific data will be provided to the wildlife managers for action to address threats to the Mara predator’s population.
Talek, Masai Mara, Kenya
Secure a healthy population of the Mara cheetah. Provide training, capacity building primarily in the tourism sector (guides) and amongst the surrounding communities in order to minimize harassment, killing and wounding of the cheetah.
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