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.

Disheartening news as iconic bull elephant meets untimely death at an abandoned septic tank in Samburu

2019-10-17T15:26:27+00:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

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.

WildlifeDirect opposes the lifting of Hunting Ban in Botswana

2019-10-17T15:34:07+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: featured, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect does not support the reversal of the Hunting ban in Botswana though we recognize that it is their so sovereign right to manage elephants domestically.

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.

Thousands of Kenyans March for Wildlife

2019-10-17T15:35:48+00:00April 13th, 2019|Categories: featured, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thousands of people from all walks of life today joined conservation partners and the government to raise their voices against extinction and champion the protection of wildlife in what is considered to be the biggest Global March For Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and other endangered species. Global March is an annual worldwide event that takes place in more than 130 countries - including Kenya - which hosted the largest march in the world in 2017.

Wildlife Warriors, New TV Series, Celebrates African Conservation Heroes

2019-10-17T15:36:49+00:00April 6th, 2019|Categories: featured, press resleases, timeline|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A new weekly series called Wildlife Warriors will premiere on East Africa’s largest channel, Citizen TV, on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5PM. Development of this series was funded by the U.S. Government, through USAID, in partnership with U.S. Department of the Interior, Wild Lives Foundation, and National Geographic.

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.