We invite you to our June meeting on Saturday 28th at 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. at the KWS Education Centre. Our Guest speaker shall be Dr. Elena V.Chelysheva, PhD (Russia).
Dr. Elena Chelysheva is Russian zoologist with broad knowledge of captive and wild cheetah ecology and behavior and over 25 years of experience. Elena was first invited by the Kenya Wildlife Service in 2000 to work as Assistant Researcher at Maasai-Mara Cheetah Conservation Project. She is now the Head of Mara-Meru Project whose mission is to promote the conservation of cheetahs through scientific research, community involvement and education.
Cheetahs are considered “Vulnerable” by the IUCN and are listed in CITES Appendix I. They are the rarest cats in the Nairobi National Park making it difficult to estimate the number of cheetahs in the Park. The last sighting was by Gareth Jones in February 2012.
Cheetahs are known to be sensitive to human interaction and developments which could be a main reason for their rare sighting in Nairobi Park. However, of concern is a similar trend of rarity among the NNP leopard population. Such trends are important to wildlife conservation in our Parks and dispersal areas.
Join us and learn more about Cheetahs. Preserving the remaining populations is significant task now.
No entrance fee charged and both fonnap members and non-members are welcome.