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.
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.