FCF awards grant to Tsavo Cheetah ProjectFCF Joins with TUI Netherlands and Felidae Conservation Fund to support Studying the Cheetah Population for Implementation of Conservation Measures for Their Survival, in Tsavo, Kenya.
The FCF Conservation Grants Committee recommended approval of a $2,400 grant for the Tsavo Cheetah Project during its annual board of directors meeting at the annual FCF Convention in Wichita, Kansas, 2015.
The Tsavo Cheetah Project is the only initiative working to assist residents with human-wildlife conflict pertaining to predators in and neighboring Tsavo East and the majority of Tsavo West National Parks.
Tsavo East National Park in southeast Kenya comprises an area of 13747 km² with a large variance in habitat. Although declared protected land by the government of Kenya and managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service, multiple species populations, including the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), are declining. Bordering the unfenced park to the southeast and southwest, reside local tribes and communities who rely upon livestock or agriculture farming for their subsistence. Tragically, conflict with predators often arises when unguarded livestock are grazed outside and even inside the park boundaries during the dry season. A lack of knowledge has resulted in further deaths of cheetahs, which are often killed simply out of fear.
The Tsavo Cheetah Project has initiated cheetah and ecology education programs in local schools with developed curricula and activity booklets at all grade levels. Since many of the parents of these students did not have the opportunity to attend school; the children will often bring home their lessons and share them with their parents and grandparents.
The Tsavo Cheetah Project have documented a moderate to high number of cheetahs within the study area, although with a substantial threat of decline due to persecution by local residents and, less commonly, non-selective poaching with snares.
Since inception, the project has focused efforts in the southern sector of Tsavo East and on peripheries of the south-western boundary. The Tsavo Cheetah project will continue to monitor identified animals overtime and identify new animals (or those unidentified), as well as conduct scheduled school visits for the education, response and investigation to community conflict reports.