Kenya Rangelands Wild Dog and Cheetah Project
The Kenya Rangelands Wild Dog and Cheetah Project combines the expertise of cheetah specialist Dr Sarah Durant with wild dog specialist Rosie Woodroffe.
The project has five key objectives:
- To develop sustainable tools to foster coexistence of cheetahs and wild dogs with local people and domestic animals
- To promote landscape connectivity for wild dogs and cheetahs by identifying corridors and other landscape linkages
- To improve the status of cheetahs, wild dogs and their habitat by building public understanding and support throughout all segments of society within the project area
- To promote coexistence of cheetahs and wild dogs with people through targeted advice to communities within the project area
- To extend techniques developed in the project area to other areas supporting cheetahs and wild dogs.
This project is expected to make a major contribution to the conservation of cheetahs and wild dogs, locally, nationally, and internationally. Since 2001, the project’s predecessor, the Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project, witnessed an eight-fold increase in wild dog numbers.
The expansion of this project to include cheetahs, with a renewed emphasis on community involvement and outreach, will further enhance beneficial outcomes.