WildlifeDirect is a Kenya and US registered charitable organization founded and chaired by African conservationist Dr Richard Leakey, who is credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s. Its main office is located in Nairobi, Kenya.
WildlifeDirect was established in 2006 to provide support to conservationists in Africa directly on the ground via the use of blogs, which enables anybody, anywhere to play a direct and interactive role in the survival of some of the world’s most precious species.
WildlifeDirect does not take funds on behalf of bloggers, instead we enable all our bloggers to link their blogs to fund raising sites. No administration fee is charged for this. By allowing bloggers to raise funds directly through this website, we ensure that all donations go directly to where it was intended in its entirety. WildlifeDirect however still needs to raise funds for our own operational costs. We invite donors to make a contribution to help run the organization.
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Word from Richard Leakey
Chronic under-funding is the greatest challenge to wildlife conservation in developing countries where most of the world’s biodiversity resides, but where government funding for environment is understandably limited. In many African and developing countries elsewhere, wildlife and habitats are being destroyed at unprecedented rates…more
How we Began
In 2004, a group of committed conservationists, led by Dr Richard Leakey, became convinced that the current developments on the internet provided the best opportunity for securing a future for wildlife: an approach that could harness the collective energy of countless good conservationists and combine it with millions of individuals around the world who have a genuine concern for the future of the planets wildlife and unique habitats… more
Who is Who
The main decision making body of WildlifeDirect is the Board of Directors headed by Dr Richard Leakey and consisting of 5 other highly qualified members… meet the team
WildlifeDirect’s mission is to connect conservationists in the frontline with those who care about wildlife worldwide. To enable them interact and help each other, allowing anyone in the world to support the work of these conservationists… more
Who We Work With
WildlifeDirect does not work in isolation. These umbrella organizations work closely with WildlifeDirect to raise awareness and funds for important field conservation projects… more
WildlifeDirect relies on media partners to propagate the stories told by rangers and conservationists in the frontline of conservation. To facilitate easy liaison with the media, we have established a communications office that is available to handle all media inquiries… more