Saving Africa’s wildlife and wild places
Welcome to our May edition of Wildlife Tracks. In this edition, we share with you exciting news about Dr. Paula Kahumbu winning the prestigious Whitley Gold Award which will elevate the important work that we are doing at WildlifeDirect to save Africa’s wildlife and wild places. We also give you highlights from the first Wildlife Warriors Teachers Convention that brought together 17 teachers from different schools in Kenya to Kajiado County. We are also delighted to share with you a short video about Chui Mamas saving leopards in Laikipia County and an amazing story of a girl called Paula who saved a bushbaby in Kwale County.
May has been an extremely exciting month with great global attention on our work in Kenya. However, we are still very much cognizant of how COVID-19 has severely impacted conservation in African and governments capability to fund protected areas and fight wildlife crime. Poverty in rural areas is resulting in much more bushmeat trade and conversion of wild land to agriculture. This makes our work on education and outreach and crime prevention even more significant. Our greatest fear is that we will lose some of our wildlife corridors and dispersal areas forever if the land is sold during this crisis. To prevent this from happening, we are raising funds to keep wildlife dispersal areas open. Please support our programs in Maasai Mara and Amboseli to pay for securing land into perpetuity. For just $35 you can save an acre for a year, for $2000, you can secure it for decades. Do it in the name of your loved ones, a birthday gift, a gift of nature, or even your legacy! Make a donation on WildlifeDirect.org now and please share this newsletter with your family and friends and follow us on social media.