After completing a Bachelor in Biology in 2006 at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Femke continued with a Masters in Wild Animal Biology at the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Femke began studying cheetahs in 2007 as part of her Masters dissertation, supervised by Dr. Sarah Durant, investigating cheetah habitat selection in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. From there she joined the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) to lead the cheetah project and begin her D.Phil 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 hyaena influenced that of cheetahs. In June 2013 she was entrusted by the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) to start up the Mara Cheetah Project.