Dr. Femke Broekhuis
Femke’s career with cheetahs began in 2007 as part of her MSc dissertation, investigating cheetah habitat selection in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. From there she joined the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) to set up a cheetah project and begin her DPhil research with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford. She spent four years studying cheetahs in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, investigating whether the spatio-temporal behaviour of lions and spotted hyena influenced that of cheetahs. In 2013, Femke was engaged by Kenya Wildlife Trust to establish the Mara Cheetah Project, which has now been consolidated into our Mara Predator Conservation Programme.
Under Femke’s leadership, the Mara Cheetah Project led the way in cheetah conservation in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Findings under her directorship include baseline numbers of cheetah in the area and Femke has contributed to wider studies and published papers. Femke has also been a valuable mentor to a number of international students who have undertaken fieldwork with the Mara Cheetah Project during their academic studies.
In January 2018, Femke moved into the role of Scientific Associate, with a focus on cheetahs. In this role, Femke is focusing on analysing the data collected during her tenure and translating it into practical conservation solutions and recommendations for stakeholders, policy-makers and management bodies across the Greater Mara Ecosystem.