WildlifeDirect, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Africa's wildlife, is pleased to announce the roll out of its new Nature Positive Kids Outreach Program which is an extension of the National Geographic’s Team Sayari educational entertainment Program. Team Sayari, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Walt Disney Company Africa and Wildlife Direct, saw a 20-part television series being aired across Africa on National Geographic Wild and Disney Channel.
We're thrilled to be back and to bring you the latest updates from our film, conservation, education and outreach programs. This year, we have an exciting line-up of new initiatives that we're confident will transform and catalyze the wildlife film making industry in Africa and leave a lasting impact on wildlife conservation. Stay tuned for our upcoming wildlife films and much more, as we continue to work towards preserving the beauty of our planet for future generations.
Following the recent announcement of title of the series, The Walt Disney Company Africa, together with its project partners, National Geographic, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect have today revealed that the highly anticipated National Geographic Kids programme, Team Sayari, will air each Saturday on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) at 13:00 (CAT) from 24 September 2022.
The drought in Kenya has reached catastrophic levels and there are no signs of it abating. To support the national effort to raise awareness we partnered with Charlie Hamilton-James, a Nat Geo photographer to tell the stories in pictures. These photographs can be distressing so please click on this link if you want to see what we observed in the Kajiado and Amboseli region. We hope that these pictures will influence conversations at the upcoming Biodiversity conference, as well as the new Kenya government policies and regulations.
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.
We are super excited to share with you our latest news on a historic partnership and project. On the 17th of November, WildlifeDirect signed an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Walt Disney Company to produce a new nature television series with community outreach programs in Africa. The series will be called National Geographic Kids Africa.
On a chilly Friday morning on 3rd September, WildlifeDirect held its first BioBlitz event in Nairobi, in the garden of H.E. Ms Jane Marriott, British High Commissioner to Kenya.
On 22nd September, renowned primatologist and environmental activist Dr Jane Goodall, and our CEO, Dr Paula Kahumbu, discussed how wildlife conservation is a solution to the climate crisis during an interview with The Washington Post Live hosted by Libby Casey.
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).