African governments urged to review current country laws governing the management of wildlife and recognize community rights over the ownership, management and use of resources. In a Declaration signed on 25 June 2019 at Africa’s first Wildlife Economy Summit by 40 community representatives from 12 countries, the communities demanded to be recognized and respected, as shareholders and not mere stakeholders in the new deal for rural communities and wildlife and nature.
Chui Safari Lodge manager Geoff Mayes, who will race the Maxxis Tyres and Silverspread Kenya V8 Tomcat in this weekend's KCB Safari Rally, has raised over ksh120 000 in a charity raffle for Hands Off Our Elephants. The grand prize of a trip for two to the Sarova Spirit of the Maasai Mara was won by Annalyn Hern from Green Park in Naivasha.
WildlifeDirect does not support the reversal of the Hunting ban in Botswana though we recognize that it is their sovereign right to manage elephants domestically. Recent policies by the former Botswana President, Ian Khama gave Botswana enormous global recognition and applause. But the current President, Mokgweetsi Masisi is aggressively rolling back Khama’s policies.