Annual update of the Mara Cheetah Project
WildCRU’s Dr Femke Broekhuis has been directing the Mara Cheetah Project since 2013 and despite local pressures, the Maasai Mara is still considered to be part of one the most important cheetah populations globally. The two biggest threats facing cheetahs are interconnected; habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, both of which are of increasing concern in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, where the human population is growing at an exponential rate of 8% per annum. Femke’s work with the Mara Cheetah Project spans scholarly science (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0153875) and practical work on the ground, delivering recommendations for integration into management practices to ensure the long-term viability of cheetahs in the Maasai Mara.
Read Femke’s latest update on conserving cheetahs in the greater Mara ecosystem here: http://www.maracheetahs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/KWT-Mara-Cheetah-Project-Annual-report-2016.pdf