Mary Wykstra, right, and an Action for Cheetahs in Kenya staffer are pictured. (Taofei Chen photo)

The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series kicks off with a free lecture and conservation crafts sale scheduled for Sept. 25.

Mary Wykstra of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya will present an update on her current projects. The lecture will be held in the zoo’s Flamingo Room at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception and African conservation crafts sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the zoo.

In 2017, Wykstra’s fundraising efforts focused on the launch of Carnivores Livelihoods and Landscapes, the new parent organization that supports Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and other independent conservation and community development projects in Kenya.

Wykstra is the founder and director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Wykstra began her career as a zookeeper in Michigan and an exhibit designer in Utah prior to traveling to Africa to follow her passion for cheetahs. She has worked in Kenya since 2001 using field research to develop initiatives in communities that improve livelihoods, promote environmental awareness and assure a future for cheetahs in Kenya.

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