On August 12, the world will be celebrating World Elephant Day. When elephants thrive, we thrive and that is why WildlifeDirect has joined forces with Amarula to raise global awareness about the plight of elephants. As keystone species, elephants support entire ecosystems.
Today the Kenyan Criminal Justice system failed. Feisal Ali Mohamed who was convicted of trafficking in illegal elephant tusks today walks free. In July 2016, Feisal was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and fined of 20 million shillings for trafficking in 2,152 kilograms of elephant ivory.
It is with deep shock that WildlifeDirect learnt about the tragic loss of eight black rhinos during the translocation exercise that was carried out more than a week ago by Kenya Wildlife Service with support from WWF-Kenya.
WildlifeDirect has launched an education program that introduces Kenyan children to endangered wildlife through a nationwide program targeting public primary schools. Wildlife Warriors Program leverages on Safaricom 2018 calendar, use of companion activity books, learning materials and field trips to engage students on wildlife.
We are delighted to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Paula Kahumbu will be speaking at this year's Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress in South Africa. Paula will be one of the inspiring, powerful women giving a key note address on Mandela Day, July 18th.
On June 23, the Great Grevy’s Rally results were released at the Great Grevy’s Ball 2018 in Laikipia. Despite many challenges that faced Kenya, Grevy’s zebras have weathered the prolonged drought, increased competition with livestock and increased poaching and disease.
As the first quarter of 2018 comes to a close we reflect on the highs and the lows for conservation. Poaching is down and our court monitoring work reveals greater number of convictions and jail sentencing. Our TV series NTV Wild Talk is still going strong and millions of Kenyans watch it weekly.
Today is International Women’s Day. We can’t keep complaining about how men treat us when we don’t treat each other fairly, with compassion and empathy. Let’s do something to make it mean something. I’ve been working on Human Elephant Conflict for several years now. in my research I have spoken to irate farmers, and I understand a lot about what they are experiencing.
Somewhere in Northern Kenya lies a gem. A stunningly beautiful but endangered zebra that many Kenyans have never heard about, let alone seen. This is the story of the Grevy’s zebra. A rare Kenyan heritage that needs to be protected before it goes extinct. Grevy’s zebras are the largest of the three zebra species. The other two are plains zebra and mountain zebra. Grevy’s zebra are taller, have narrow stripes, white belly, round ears and brown muzzle, which easily distinguishes them from the common plains zebra that are usually smaller in size and have larger stripes and a black muzzle.
We begin the year 2018 on a good note for elephants as China’s domestic ivory trade comes to a close. China is considered to be the largest consumer of ivory and with the closure of its legal ivory trade, it is our hope that this will reduce the slaughter of African elephants that are currently on the verge of extinction. We at WildlifeDirect want to take this opportunity to wish you Happy New Year and thank you for your incredible support throughout 2017.