The Cheetah in Kenya

In the last three years I’ve worked tirelessly meeting people in the field of cheetah conservation both at home in California and in the countries where the cheetah still roam their natural habitat.  From the ambassadors of their species in the United States to the wild cats of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the journey continues to be an eye-opening, life-changing adventure.

This June, I embark on what I’m calling Phase II: Kenya.  Different country, different people, different cultures, different landscapes.  What do the cheetah encounter here and how do Kenyans co-exist (or not) with these incredible predators?  In a land where commercial hunting is outlawed, and yet poaching has reached the level of global crisis, can the cheetah survive these difficult times?  How do the nature conservancies work with local communities?  How can the Kenyan love for technology play a role in sustainability?

I’ll be exploring the answers to these questions while traveling with safari outfitters, meeting with conservationists and techies in Nairobi, and hitting the road with NGO, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.

Coming up, a sneak peak on the work of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and the adventure to come!

Catch up on all the cheetah stories from Southern Africa here: Cheetah Conservation in Southern Africa via National Geographic News Watch

All images, video & text: Marcy Mendelson © 2013 /

Music credits: YentalBeats  – ‘Madeleine’ used with permission by artist, Konstantin Sibold


Meet the Author
Marcy Mendelson (above) is a conservation photographer working on a project to help save the cheetah through visual storytelling and reportage of the hard work by fundraisers, farmers, NGOs and local communities. She will be traveling to Africa this coming fall and reporting to National Geographic News Watch in addition to her site, Cheetah-Watch. In the meantime, she resides in San Francisco, California and works with nonprofits like Cat Haven and Animal Ark in observation of the outreach they do with animal lovers eager to help and learn. More about Marcy’s photography and interests can be found on her website, Mendelson Images.