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November 2021 Updates

November 30th, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with The Walt Disney Company Africa Senior Vice President Christine Service, Dr Paula Kahumbu and learners from Red Rose Primary School at the announcement of National Geographic Kids Africa in Nairobi © USAID

Dear Friends,

We are super excited to share with you our latest news on a historic partnership and project. On the 17th of November, WildlifeDirect signed an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Walt Disney Company to produce a new nature television series with community outreach programs in Africa. The series will be called National Geographic Kids Africa.

For the first time in the world, Africa’s wildlife stories will be told by Africans. This will inspire African and global audiences to care and take new actions in conserving nature, combating climate change, and restoring ecosystems.

During his recent visit to Kenya, Secretary Anthony Blinken joined The Walt Disney Company, USAID and WildlifeDirect team to make the announcement. Dr Paula Kahumbu stated, “This partnership could not have come at a more crucial time.  We’re being cautious in our optimism that this series could transform conservation – not just here in Africa but around the world, as children begin to recognize their own agency to effect positive change.”

National Geographic Kids Africa will be a TV show consisting of 26 episodes targeting children and will be available across Africa on both National Geographic Wild and Disney Channel mid-to-late 2022. The programme will be produced entirely in Africa, by African storytellers, with a commitment to showcase the stories, leadership, and expertise of conservationists and communities from East Africa and across parts of southern and western Africa.

We are so grateful to everyone who has made it possible for us to achieve this incredible partnership which has taken many months to conclude.