Showdown looming at CITES

2019-05-11T12:02:56+00:00 May 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Eastern and Southern Africa will take the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to another ugly argument about ivory trade. They are pitching for a big fight. Kenya and her 'friends' want to transfer all elephants to be on Appendix I, which will send a clear message - NO IVORY TRADE for anyone.

Another trafficker walks free

2019-04-26T15:40:39+00:00 April 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, featured, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Another suspected trafficker of elephant ivory is set free by a magistrate at Mombasa Law Courts. Directly charged for the trafficking of 1097kgs of elephant ivory in two containers in December 2016, Mr. Gitonga walks out of court a free man.

Tanzania court sentence ‘Ivory Queen’ to 15 years in jail

2019-02-19T17:35:05+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Categories: featured, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A Tanzanian court has sentenced Yang Fen Glan popularly known as ‘Ivory Queen’ to 15 years in jail. The 69 year old Chinese national, was charged along with two Tanzanians with offenses of unlawful dealing in collecting, selling and transporting more than 706 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 1889 kilograms in 2014.

From ivory queen to jail bird

2019-02-19T16:48:16+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Legal Program, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A court in Tanzania has convicted and sentenced Yang Feng Glan, infamously named ‘The Ivory Queen’ and two of her associates to 15 years in prison. This is welcomed news signaling an end to a 5 year protracted case where Ms. Yang and two Tanzanians were charged with economic crimes for trafficking in more than 706 pieces of elephant tusks in 2014.

WildlifeDirect announces the release of a new report showcasing the state of wildlife crime cases in Kenya

2018-09-26T13:53:20+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Categories: Legal Program, press resleases|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect announces the release of a new report showcasing the state of wildlife crime cases in Kenya. WildlifeDirect has been monitoring wildlife crime cases in Kenyan courts since 2008. Through Eyes in the Courtroom project; we provide the only nation-wide publicly available review of Kenya’s wildlife law enforcement response.

Convicted Ivory Kingpin Set Free

2018-09-06T09:22:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Legal Program, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A High Court Judge set free a convicted ivory trafficker, Feisal Ali Mohammed, who was serving a 20 year sentence and a penalty fine of 20 million shillings (USD 200,000). Feisal had already served two years of his sentence after being found guilty of trafficking in 2,152 kilograms of elephant ivory before the High Court reversed his conviction and sentence.

Court sets free convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali

2018-08-04T08:14:27+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Categories: press resleases|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today the Kenyan Criminal Justice system failed. Feisal Mohamed Ali 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. Feisal’s case began in December 2014 after he apprehended in Tanzania through an INTERPOL led swoop. At this time Feisal was the most wanted ivory trafficker in the world with Interpol giving a red notice against him.

Grevy’s Zebra Results are out

2018-07-12T08:20:32+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, featured, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Standing up to towering emerging challenges despite our wins

2018-04-11T11:04:43+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, featured, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Raising funds to support victims of human wildlife conflict

2018-03-12T07:38:44+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, featured, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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