Marcy Mendelson

The Cheetah & The San Bushmen of Botswana

While traveling with Cheetah Conservation Botswana, I had the rare experience to meet the Nai Nai San Bushmen of the Central Kalahari. The name Nai Nai translates directly as “people of the bush” thus they consider themselves to be the ...

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 ...

We are Cheetah Friendly – Part II

  “We are cheetah friendly”.  The sign hangs on the gates of farms who participate in Cheetah Outreach’s Livestock Guardian Dog Program.  In a land where commercial farming has encroached on wildlife for generations, certain NGOs and farmers are ...

We are Cheetah Friendly – Part I

  “Howzit?  How are the cheetahs?” ask my new friends in Cape Town. “I’m going to Bray for a few days.”  “Where??”  When even a South African hasn’t heard of this place, I know I’m in for ...

Cheetahs in Wine Country: Outreach South African Style

Tourists traveling in the Cape Town area of South Africa often make the scenic drive through wine country, which is where Cheetah Outreach is located.  Founded in 1997 by Annie Beckhelling, Cheetah Outreach started off as an educational project, bringing ambassador ...

The Return of the Cheetah

Deep in the Karoo of South Africa’s Eastern Cape is a land starting over.  The air is dry, the ground recovering from drought, and on high plateaus great plains of golden grass are home to large herds of zebra, ...

Namibia’s Future: AfriCat’s Vision

AfriCat (& Okonjima Lodge) is a family affair.  The Hanssens, a Namibian farming family, settled on the property of Okonjima in the 1970s.  They experienced first-hand the hardships and the rewards of cattle farming in Namibia.  Unique insiders to the ...

The Cheetah Think Tank

The Cheetah Conservation Fund, headquartered in Otjiworongo, Namibia, is a recognized leader in the field of big cat conservation.  CCF is known for many projects, especially their captive cheetah population which number over fifty, some that can be returned to ...

In the Land of the Desert Cheetah: Part II

Imagine four people; one researcher, two volunteers and myself in pursuit of wildlife on foot across an expanse so large it defies description.  We’re searching for Lilly, the translocated cheetah and her cubs.  Rising before dawn for the second ...

In the Land of the Desert Cheetah

I’m not entirely convinced this isn’t a death march.  It’s high noon in the oldest desert on earth.  Glancing down at the red sand to see a beetle burrowing back under, saving itself from the scorching heat, ...

Saving the Cheetah with Innovative Technology

In Namibia, I visited a foundation with their ear to the ground on the latest technological developments in conservation.  From cyber-stalking their GPS collared cheetah via Google Earth and Sirtrack to scanning footprints (spoor) into an analytical database, N/a’...

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part III

I asked Cheetah Conservation Botswana’s researcher, Jane Horgan, why they needed to capture and collar a female cheetah. “We wanted home range and movement data to look at the movements of cheetahs through the Ghanzi farmlands. Information about how ...

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part II

My first day in the field with Cheetah Conservation Botswana staff, I met Keith. Manager of the Ko Mogotlhong Game Farm, he drove up with his work crew to check out our activities. Since CCB has many camera traps on ...

The Cheetah Mother’s 72 Hours : Part I

The latest from cheetah country comes to you in 3 parts:   Part I: Ghanzi District, Botswana. Late October, 2011 – Cheetah Conservation Botswana               It is Sunday at last, time to rest.  A lazy feeling takes ...

When Predators & Farmers Collide : Botswana

These people work hard out here; the conservationists, the farmers, everyone.  The hot days of October dictate an early rise to reach the far-flung locations that entail research, data gathering and community outreach. I’m in the central Kalahari region, ...