As most of you may know, I have been supporting Dr Elena and the Mara Meru Cheetah Project for a number of years now (since 2011 I think). So far, I have aided her in the sourcing of cameras (thank you to some ST members for donating your old cameras!!!) which are then given to guides to take ID shots of cheetahs, I organise for her attendance at local art and craft fairs so that she can sell her art-work and raise funds, and I assist in getting as many cheetah photos from the Mara as possible so that she can build up her database.
However, I feel that there is more that can be done, so I am now looking at the following:
I. As some of you may know, my family business involves running the most successful shopping mall in Kenya (The Sarit Centre - www.saritcentre.com) and the largest chain of book-stores in Kenya (Text Book Centre - www.textbookcentre.com). My idea is to frame (on canvas) some of my best wildlife photos and display them through these outlets for sale with all profits to go to the Cheetah Project. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER and as of now have no intentions of becoming one. My thoughts were that if any of you have any fantastic images you wish to contribute then I could display them as well. Of course your name and watermark would be on the image. You will have to trust me that I will not be personally profiting from this and I would use whatever means available to show you how your photos are displayed, how many are sold etc... If you think that this is not a good idea then let me know - I will still go ahead but only display my prints (and I don't have enough quality prints)
II. I am in talks with Mobius Motors (a Kenyan car company that has developed a Kenyan car built for the outdoors) to partner with this Project - http://www.mobiusmotors.com/. So far little headway has been made but a school friend is involved in Mobius so I am hopeful that we will make some progress.
III. Cameras and GPS Equipment - Thank you so much to the ST members who have contributed to date (I won't mention names as I know you are not doing it for the recognition). But if any of you have old equipment that you are not using and want to donate it to the Cheetah Project then please let me know and I can arrange the logistics of getting it to the Mara.
Your feedback and help on the above is much appreciated.
@gamewarden - Does this post breach any guidelines? If not, any way we can highlight this post so more ST members read this?