Historically, most African wildlife films have been produced by Westerners for Western audiences. Paula Kahumbu, a Kenyan wildlife conservationist, is working to change that. She is the CEO of the nonprofit WildlifeDirect, which produces a documentary series featuring African storytellers such as herself telling the stories of African conservation heroes.
Disheartening news as iconic bull elephant meets untimely death at an abandoned septic tank in Samburu
It is with a heavy heart that we learnt about the death of Teresai, a spectacular and famous bull elephant in Samburu. Teresai, aged 41 was found dead on September 18 after falling into an abandoned septic tank at the ruins of the former Serena Safari Lodge located on the edge of Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
WildlifeDirect is very proud to work with Amarula Trust to create global awareness of the plight of Africa’s elephants. While many brands use elephants in their logos, Amarula is the only African brand that has positioned itself to champion elephant conservation.
Pangolin: The Most Trafficked Animal in the World By: Trish Sewe and Judy Wangari Nairobi-July 5, 2017: Every year for the last six years, World Pangolin Day has been celebrated on February 17. A day set aside to create awareness of the most trafficked animal in the world. A world, where illegal wildlife trade ranks fourth after drugs, arms and human trafficking.Pangolins are burrowing nocturnal mammals that are covered in tough, overlapping scales made from keratin, which grow throughout their lives just like human hair. Image by Paul Hilton for WildAid [...]
WildlifeDirect has called for the national security apparatus to accelerate efforts to achieve rule of law in Laikipia County where many lives have been lost, people injured and millions of dollars lost due to property damage. The targeting of foreign born owners and managers of conservancies have hit both local and international headlines, but even more disturbing are the numbers of unreported killings of Kenyan small scale farmers and herders. In addition there has been a slaughter of endangered wildlife including grevy's zebras, elephants, lions and giraffes.
WildlifeDirect Expresses Dismay at Decision to Route SGR Through Nairobi National Park By: Trish Sewe Nairobi-January 6, 2017: WildlifeDirect express deep dismay at the decision by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to grant approval for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to pass through the Nairobi National park, despite overwhelming public opposition. The government has promised that the railway will not impede wildlife migrations, and that funds will be made available to improve the status of this and other parks in the country, while protecting the people who live adjacent [...]
Six reasons why Kenyans should save the Nairobi National Park By: Trish Sewe Today is the deadline for commenting on the environmental impact assessment of the proposal to route the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase II A through Nairobi National Park. I urge all citizens and people around the world who care about Nairobi Park to communicate their concerns to NEMA’s Director General Geoffrey Wahungu. Here’s why you should write now to demand that NEMA rejects Kenya Railways’ application to run a railway through Park: Nairobi National Park is a [...]
Kenyans hold a dialogue on how best to achieve a balance between conservation and infrastructure development in SGR Phase 2A
Kenyans hold a dialogue on how best to achieve a balance between conservation and infrastructure development in SGR Phase 2A By:Trish Sewe On 7th October, the Kenya Railways, Kenya Wildlife Service, and several conservation and research institutions agreed to hold a dialogue meeting on 27th October to address the question, “HOW CAN WE BEST ACHIEVE A BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN SGR PHASE 2A?”. 176 participants engaged in the one day discussion using the Open Space method which was facilitated by London based firm Public Service [...]
Call on Japan to Ban Ivory Trade By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect recently became aware of the scale of laundering of illegal ivory in the ivory markets of Japan through its contact with the Japanese NGO Tears of the African Elephant. We have joined forces with other conservation organizations in Africa and Japan to take the opportunity provided by the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) conference happening here in Nairobi, Kenya to publish a joint appeal to Japan to ban all trade in ivory trade, following the lead [...]
Notorious Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Jailed for 20 Years and Fined USD 200,000 By: Trish Sewe On Friday, a Mombasa law court sentenced Feisal Mohamed Ali to 20 years in jail after finding him guilty of illegal possession of ivory worth 44 million shillings (US $440,000). The court also imposed a fine of 20 million shillings. This landmark ruling by the Kenyan court is the end of a long story that began with the seizure of 2 tonnes of ivory at Fuji Motors car yard in Mombasa in June 2014. Read [...]