Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS)
Since its establishment in 1990, KWS has shown a strong commitment to wildlife research, anti-poaching efforts and applied field veterinary medicine. Since the start of the Mara Cheetah Project in June 2013, we have built a good working relationship with the KWS team in the Mara and the head office. Information relating to the health status of cheetahs is regularly transferred between the two entities and a good working relationship has resulted.
Mara Lion Project
The beginning of October 2013 saw the official start of the Mara Lion Project (MLP). Since lions and cheetahs face many of the same threats, the Mara Cheetah Project is working closely with the Mara Lion Project both in terms of data collection and our community and conservation efforts.
Since its establishment in 1974, Smithsonian Institute has played a leading role in the fields of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology and conservation biology. The Smithsonian Institute is well known for its captive breeding facilities but realising the necessity to link with wild populations to enhance conservation success they have diverted from the traditional images of zoos by linking with in situ projects. As such, the Smithsonian Institute has chosen to partner with the Mara Cheetah Project as one of their in situ conservation projects. The Mara Cheetah Project is working together with Smithsonian Institute and KWS on various projects relating to genetics, endocrinology and disease.
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford
WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David W. Macdonald and is now one of the leading units for carnivore conservation. Dr. Femke Broekhuis attained her PhD at WildCRU and has since continued her affiliation with WildCRU as a member of its research staff.