Kenya / Australia
University of Canberra / Mara Cheetah Project
Hello! My name is David Thuo, i am a Kenyan-born and based wildlife biologist. Growing up in a remote area in Kenya I always saw, interacted and sometimes hunted (for food and fun) different wildlife species. When I was about 10 years old i participated in my first intensive wildlife count in our home area and that is how i got interested in wildlife and wildlife numbers, sadly for wildlife in our home area and Kenya in general the numbers have been going south over the years.
In an effort to save the remaining populations I full heartedly dedicated myself to study wildlife and educate the local communities on their role and impact to the ecosystem, over time I have realized research based approaches works the best. In my endeavor to foster human- wildlife coexistence I have obtained a B.Sc. in Wildlife Science and a M.Sc. in Conservation Genetics both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya which has specially trained me in sampling technique, wildlife behavior, ecology, statistics, molecular techniques and analysis, data collection and reporting. I have previously worked with the National Museums of Kenya’s Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and currently at the Mara Cheetah Project and I truly believe there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a peaceful nature where human and wildlife coexist.
This is my thesis project that I hope to finance with your help. All the results from this research will help in the overall conservation plan of cheetahs in Kenya.