Mara Meru Cheetah Project


The Masai Mara

Since the beginning of the 20th Century the cheetah population has fallen dramatically from 100’000 individuals to 7’500 individuals with human activity a major cause. It is therefore important to understand the cheetah-human interface, which is one of the key works of the Mara-Meru Cheetah Project, led by Dr. Elena Chelyseva.

We have been working with MMCP since 2013, to support their research of cheetah in the Masai Mara. The research team conducts workshops in camp for our guides, on the latest developments of cheetah conservation education, cheetah identification and news, updates and life stories of the individual cheetah of the Masai Mara and surrounds. Our Governors’ guides in turn play a critical role in the data collection for Dr. Elena and her team, reporting through sightings and behaviour observations of cheetah spotted.

Dr Elena enjoys sharing her expertise on the cheetahs in the area with our guests through talks or by accompanying guests on cheetah-focused game drives. Please let us know if you would like to pre-book a talk or a guided game drive with Elena, when booking your safari for advice on costs.