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Lion and Cheetah Genetic Health in Kenya

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A partnership with Smithsonian's Global Health Program, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Genetics Lab, Kenya Wildlife Trust, Kenya Wildlife Services and local stakeholders has been established to build a foundation to properly investigate carnivore genetics, population health, and conservation management in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. This includes improving the physical infrastructure and developing the technical skills needed for Kenyan wildlife, conservation, and management staffs to more effectively manage and sustain healthy and viable populations of large carnivores in the Maasai Mara. A major emphasis has been placed on mentoring and building long-term person-to-person relationships among conservation professionals and leaders with responsibility for managing Kenya’s wildlife. This research is made possible by a grant from the BAND Foundation.