When Richard Leakey started the Kenya Wildlife Service he ignited a new approach to conservation in Kenya. He created a proud visionary organization led by Africans that sought to provide excellence in conservation that had never been seen before. Indeed the institution has gone on to become globally recognized and a source of many of Kenyan top conservationists.
On a sunny Saturday morning in March, hundreds of local residents, volunteers and school children joined WildlifeDirect, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and other non-governmental organizations in a cleanup exercise to rid the beaches along Malindi of plastic wastes.
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.