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Volunteers July-August 2009
Victoria Yu joined our team in July for four (4) weeks. Victoria majored in English Literature at Yale university, so in addition to assisting in cheetah research, she wrote some articles and assisted us in developing materials for promoting programmes with Kenya artists. Look for blog updates written by Victoria to catch everyone up on our activities in the past years through the current issues.
Amber Bengston a student at my alma mater – Michigan State University, was one of the luckiest volunteers to date. Amber spent her entire volunteer month with us in the field. As a matter of fact even when given the opportunity to go into Nairobi Amber preferred to stay in the field. Amber assisted with cheetah trapping and was present when we activated our first GSM collar. The female fitted with the collar was kind enough to enter another trap on the other side of the Stanley Ranch, so Amber was a part of releasing her a second time. Amber spent her computer time editing teacher resource materials for a soon to be published book. Other volunteers in the last few years have taken exerpts and ideas from CCF, Cheetah Outreach, Cincinnati Zoo and added some of their own activities to make an education resource guide for Kenya teachers. The final draft will be submitted for publication once funding is available.
Our volunteers support us in the work that they do and the volunteer fees they pay keep us operating. A huge thank you to these ladies and the other volunteers for all that they do for us! To find out more about volunteering with ACK please visit the Kenya section of www.cheetah.org
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