|Town/Region||Athi Kapiti Plains|
|Categories||Carnivores, Habitats, Mammals|
|Date||3 Dec 2018|
In many regions within and outside wildlife protected areas of Kenya, cheetahs are under immense pressure from anthropogenic activities. Equally concerning is a serious lack of understanding for the intensity of these threats and their potential impact for long-term conservation and management effort (Cardillo et al. ,2005) Large movements subject cheetahs to multiple threats, including a weak law enforcement, habitat loss and fragmentation, conflict between landowners and pastoralists, loss of prey through fencing (Broekhuis et al. ,2017), poisoning from intolerant farmers and pastoralists’ who attach livestock as a source of income and socio-cultural status have caused high mortality rate of cheetahs (Marker et al. ,2008). Threats which result from numerous ultimate drivers; such as lack of capacity, resources, and political will, must be addressed if declines are to be halted. Since pastoralists are not involved in local conservation efforts they never understand their sustainable development benefits nor how to undertake them. Anthropogenic mortality is the primary cause of cheetah’s deaths in free-ranging environments (Boast et al. ,2016; Du Preez, 1970; Purchase and Vhurumuku, 2005; Weise et al. ,2015). To conserve a low density and wide-ranging species like cheetah outside NNP necessitates a paradigm shift in conservation toward a holistic approach that incentivizes protection and promotes sustainable human–wildlife coexistence across Athi Kapiti landscapes.
This project focuses on establishing positive landscapes in Athi-Kapiti Plains (AKP) and environs through capacity buiding, conducting awareness and conservation efforts that increase understanding, rehabilitate degraded areas address management concerns for the endangered cheetah. It will continue to build on our first RSG activities foundation in realizing best benefit long-term conservation of cheetah besides creating their positive landscape with the community support. Eventually we shall aggregate, disseminate of and possibly publish our projects' results and evidence in peer reviews and basic scientific sites for cheetah and other carnivore conservation action.
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