My dear friends, it has been a long and wonderful summer for most of you and a lovely cool respite from the recent draught for us.
Activities at the Cheetah breeding compound here at the Animal Orphanage have been lively.
Sultan, our cousin, friend and adversary has been visiting often. Many times this has led to some disagreements between we males, mostly concerning the charms and favors of the lovely Cheetah Diana. She, in turn has of course with impeccable Cheetah-lady manners ignored such episodes.
But even she could not hide the fact that her affections lean towards my person, although this may be a result of my meticulous watch over her honor. As a reward I have had the pleasure of her company for a few brief assigned days and nights ‘in private’ so-to-speak.
At this point of course I cannot divulge any more details but promise to do so the moment that I may have "spotted" news, so watch this space!
Elsewhere on the Conservancy these last 3 month have seen much activity. The Natural Habitat forest enclosure for the Bongo reintroduction to Mount Kenya is nearing completion. A part of the area is already enjoyed by our "American Immigrants"
Roads and fences have been repaired and renewed after the rains. Kimani Rimui and his crew have been busy in the Orphanage too, making repairs and improvements for the animals’ comfort.
Mama Duma and Bwana Don have traveled overseas, visiting some of our supporters and seeking new ones to benefit the Conservancy. Here at home, our new neighbors at the Mount Kenya Safari Club have also taken a keen interest in our work and promised to help where possible.
Lastly, we are astounded to hear the news that a group of American ecologists want to see Cheetah hunt the great plains of North America. We don’t know much about that. As for Diana and my spotted brothers here, (and I think we can speak for most of them), we would rather you helped us repopulate our ancestral plains first.
In this spirit I will turn back to my pleasurable duty in the hopes that, with your help there will be a few more of us around here way before we have to compete with mountain lions, wolves and bears!!
Yours most devoted,
The Mount Kenya
If a group of prominent American ecologists have their way, Lions and Elephants could some day be roaming the great plains of North America, the Journal of Nature reports.
The plan grew from a retreat at media mogul Ted Turner’s 155,000 acre New Mexico Ranch.
While it may seem a grandiose gesture to use large empty tracts of North American land for the survival of endangered African game, in reality it is no answer to the worldwide conservation of the endangered game crisis.
U.S. Zoos have done great and successful work not only preserving but breeding endangered species. With the help of U.S. Zoos, rare Mountain Bongo Antelope are now being re-introduced into their ancestral habitat on Mount Kenya. This is an ongoing project of global importance and will light the way for the future of conservation.
We would invite people like Ted Turner to take an interest in this unique project and similar projects to see what can be done to assist and what can be learned before the dreamers use up valuable resources.
The reality lies in the global conservation of our planet. The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and American Institutions breed endangered species for re-introduction into their natural habitats to prevent extinction.
In this context we congratulate National Geographic and Chris Johns, Editor, for their present issue focusing on Africa. “It is a continent with a bright future,” Johns says. He believes Africa has the potential to fix itself and serve as a model for sustainable development.