WildlifeDirect is a Kenyan NGO and US registered 501(c) (3) organization founded in 2006 by Kenyan conservationist Dr Richard Leakey, who is credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s and delivering an international ban on ivory trade. WildlifeDirect which is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, was conceived as an online platform that promotes conservation of Africa’s spectacular wildlife by building an online community of supporters for conservationists at the frontline in Africa. Realising, that our work, while effective, was inadequate to halt the emerging crises facing Africa’s elephants and other wildlife. WildlifeDirect has now re-positioned itself as Africa’s foremost campaigning organization for wildlife conservation. Hands Off Our Elephants, our flagship campaign, comprises a winning combination of expertise including, wildlife ecologists, communications, law, politics, media, strategists, and linguists, making us bold, influential, and successful. This African-led initiative is supported by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, first lady of the Republic of Kenya as patron. The campaign has already won international recognition for creating public awareness and driving legal reforms in Kenya and East Africa. WildlifeDirect partners with civil society, government agencies and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative on elephants.
Africa’s wildlife, a global heritage, is secured into perpetuity through policies & practices that support the development aspirations of African people.
Our mission is to stop wildlife crises by inspiring all sectors of society to take responsibility and action to safeguard wildlife. By partnering with government, civil society and communities, we identify critical issues and execute innovative solutions.