On June 5th, World Environment Day, WildlifeDirect launched the Wildlife Warriors Kids ‘Restoring Nature Challenge’ in partnership with Mpala Research Centre. Two schools won seed funding of Ksh 100,000 ($1,000), two won Ksh 75,000 ($750), and four won Ksh 50,000 ($500).
Migratory corridors promote ecological connectivity, allowing wildlife to migrate between different habitats and ranges in response to seasonal changes in food and water.
WildlifeDirect continues to transform and catalyse wildlife filmmaking in Africa, inspiring people to treasure and conserve nature. We are excited to announce that Season 1 of our ground–breaking television series, Wildlife Warriors, is now available on Baze, Kenya’s mobile-first, video-on-demand digital content platform. Baze is powered by Safaricom PLC, the leading communications company in Kenya.
We have been the only Africans making wildlife documentaries in Africa for some time, but we are changing this through new partnerships that will catalyze the industry. In July, WildlifeDirect received a special package, a RED Komodo camera from Red Digital Cinema in the USA. We thank Brian Henderson, the Director Global Business Development at RED for making this possible. This is one of the most sought after cameras in the wildlife film industry and is an essential part of our filming toolkit.
This has been one of the most painful months in all of our 17 years of existence. We have been grieving the loss of one of Kenya’s best known environmental defenders, Joannah Stutchbury, who was gunned down by assailants as she returned home from grocery shopping.
Welcome to our June edition of Wildlife Tracks. In this edition, we highlight the activities carried out by our team as well as the fantastic news about Dr. Paula Kahumbu being named the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year for 2021.
WildlifeDirect is thrilled to announce a partnership with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), the national broadcaster, to air Season One of the Wildlife Warriors TV Series. This partnership will allow viewers from all corners of the country to have access to the show that provides an African perspective on conservation through the stories of Africa’s own conservation heroes, front line soldiers, and cutting edge scientists.
WildlifeDirect is excited to announce that Dr. Paula Kahumbu has been recognized as the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year for 2021. This prestigious award recognizes the cutting edge work that Dr. Kahumbu has been pioneering for more than a decade at WildlifeDirect. The award was announced today at the National Geographic Explorers Festival, an invite-only event hosted by the National Geographic Society, held on June 15th – 17th, 2021.
WildlifeDirect is marking this year’s World Environment Day by launching the Wildlife Warriors Kids Restoring Nature Challenge in partnership with Mpala Research Centre. The Challenge is targeting public and community primary schools in Kenya. Every year on June 5th the world celebrates World Environment Day; a United Nations day set aside to create awareness and take actions that protect the environment.