WildlifeDirect calls on South Africans to overturn the amendment to the Animal Improvement Act (AIA) that has categorized selected endangered species as farmed animals

2019-10-17T15:42:49+00:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Legal Program, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect strongly opposes the legislative move by South Africa to list endangered species as farmed animals – although we recognise South Africa’s sovereign right, this is an abuse of a global natural resources.

Law enforcement officers sentenced to life imprisonment for poaching

2019-10-17T15:32:05+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Legal Program, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Four Administration Police Officers were last week convicted to life imprisonment or pay a fine of not less than 20 million shillings ($200,000) each for being in possession of a wildlife trophy without a permit.

Showdown looming at CITES

2019-05-11T12:02:56+00:00May 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+00:00April 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

2019-10-17T15:37:23+00:00February 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+00:00February 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

2019-10-17T15:37:52+00:00September 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.

Court sets free convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali

2019-10-17T15:38:26+00:00August 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.

Statement on the murder of Esmond Bradley Martin

2019-10-17T15:39:40+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: press resleases|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is with deep shock and horror that WildlifeDirect has learnt about the murder of Esmond Bradley Martin on Sunday, 4 February 2018 around 4PM at his house in Langata, Nairobi. We had interacted closely with Esmond on matters to do with ivory trafficking and he always kept us updated on his ivory trade research around the world.