Amarula Protects Africa’s Elephants

October 16th, 2016|Categories: press resleases|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With less than 400 000 African elephants left and one lost every 15 minutes of every day to ivory poaching, experts indicate that this majestic species will be extinct by 2030! To protect Africa’s heritage and further entrench their commitment to conservation, Amarula has joined forces with Kenyan-based conservation organisation WildlifeDirect, working closely with their CEO Dr Paula Kahumbu.

Call on Japan to Ban Ivory Trade

August 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call on Japan to Ban Ivory Trade By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect recently became aware of the scale of laundering of illegal ivory in the ivory markets of Japan through its contact with the Japanese NGO Tears of the African Elephant. We have joined forces with other conservation organizations in Africa and Japan to take the opportunity provided by the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) conference happening here in Nairobi, Kenya to publish a joint appeal to Japan to ban all trade in ivory trade, following the lead [...]

Notorious Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Jailed for 20 Years and Fined USD 200,000

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Notorious Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Jailed for 20 Years and Fined USD 200,000 By: Trish Sewe On Friday, a Mombasa law court sentenced Feisal Mohamed Ali to 20 years in jail after finding him guilty of illegal possession of ivory worth 44 million shillings (US $440,000). The court also imposed a fine of 20 million shillings. This landmark ruling by the Kenyan court is the end of a long story that began with the seizure of 2 tonnes of ivory at Fuji Motors car yard in Mombasa in June 2014. Read [...]

Calling the World to help save African Elephants

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Calling the World to help save African Elephants By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect supports the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) in the call to the world to help save African elephants. As an organization that has been in the forefront calling for a total ban on all ivory trade, WildlifeDirect urges other African countries not represented at the meeting held in Montreux, Switzerland from 24 to 26 June 2016 to join AEC in this call to save the our iconic species that are in danger of extinction if nothing is done. [...]

Mayes and Mactavish score sensational Safari Rally podium

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mayes and Mactavish score sensational Safari Rally podium By: Trish Sewe Safari guide and wildlife photographer Geoff Mayes and Scottish born Jamie Mactavish successfully guided their SPV class V8 rally raid car to a top twenty overall position and third in class on the just finished KCB Safari Rally. This years event saw crews face two and a half challenging days in the Great Rift Valley over terrain more suited to a Dakar event than a flat out motor rally. Attrition was high as cars succumbed to rocks, ruts, [...]

WildlifeDirect’s 2nd Courtroom Monitoring Report 2014 & 2015

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect’s 2nd Courtroom Monitoring Report 2014 & 2015 By: Jomulupi A study by WildlifeDirect of wildlife trials in 18 courts between 2008 and 2013 concluded that Kenya was a safe haven for wildlife criminals because of major weaknesses in the legal chain. This second study examines progress made in the wildlife trials in Kenya in 2014 and 2015, after the enactment of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 (WCMA 2013)

NTV Wild Talk: Highlights from Season 1 & 2

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NTV Wild Talk: Highlights from Season 1 & 2 By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect has partnered with Kenya Wildlife Service and NTV to bring you NTV Wild, a program that brings award winning documentaries on wildlife and also provides the platform for debate and discussion with experts on Kenya’s wildlife, its conservation and why it matters so much. NTV Wild Talk S1 E1 “The mystery of Mzima” Smriti Vidyarthi visits Mzima springs to bring a story about the spring that would be lifeless without hippos. [...]

Kenyan Government Issues a 21 Day Amnesty on Ivory and Wildlife Trophies

April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Kenyan Government Issues a 21 Day Amnesty on Ivory and Wildlife Trophies By: jomulupi The Kenyan government has issued a 21 day amnesty for the surrender of any wildlife trophy without Kenya Wildlife Service permit. Those who take advantage of the amnesty, which took effect from March 30, 2016 will not be punished. Speaking during the launch of site preparations for the historic burning of elephant ivory and rhino horns, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Regional Development, Prof.  Judi Wakhungu said, “Anybody holding any ivory, rhino horns or any other wildlife [...]

Leakey interview in SWARA and on NTV Wild Talk at 10 pm

March 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Leakey interview in SWARA and on NTV Wild Talk at 10 pm NTV Wild Talk, broadcast an interview with Richard Leakey about the past and the present for wildlife and heritage in Kenya. It aired on Tuesday March 15 on NTV at 10 pm. I also want to draw attention to the new article in SWARA here in which he states: “Parks will only be sustainable if Kenyans want them to be sustainable. Middle class Kenyans who own TV sets watch international soccer, international vanity shows and news but none [...]

Finally, Kenyans can watch their own country’s wildlife on TV

February 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Finally, Kenyans can watch their own country’s wildlife on TV By: Jomulupi A ground-breaking series of programmes on Kenyan TV is set to transform public attitudes toward wildlife conservation. Wednesday 3 February 2016 16.24 GMT Africa’s unique wildlife heritage attracts millions of tourists to the continent and contributes enormously to the economy. It is a tragic irony that this wildlife remains unknown to the majority of Africans. Recently I have been involved in an initiative that aims to change this state of affairs. Launched in January, the TV series “NTV [...]

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