Monthly Archives: December 2009

Guns Drawn as CITES Meeting Nears

Hot on the heels of the 15th UN Climate Conference held in Copenhagen – or CoP 15 – is another not so loudly obvious CoP 15: The CITES Conference of Parties to be held in Doha, Qatar, between 13 and 25 March 2010. For the unfamiliar, this is meeting that decides what endangered animal or […]

Richard Leakey Man of the Year at SBU

  We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday so far. I was just sent this Article which reminded me of how fortunate we are to have such a great man our wildlifeDirect Founder and Chairman. By Lee Lutz write the author December 23, 2009 | 12:06 PM It’s understandably difficult for some people […]

Devastating drought in Amboseli

Dear all, We are indebted to Scott Ward for this guest post who wrote from Amboseli National Park with spectacular photographs he took there. Scott raises some tough questions. Read more about Scott Ward below. Photo Scott Ward As I drove into Amboseli National Park from across the long dry lakebed, I was immediately taken […]

Thank you Brenton and Pirjo

As we near the end of 2009 we would like to thank all the donors on who have enabled us to help so many conservation orgainzations across Africa, Asia and South America. We are especially grateful to Pirjo J and Brenton H who have each contributed over US $ 3,000 in the past 12 […]

WildlifeTrackers – new mapping tool on WildlifeDirect

We are pleased to announce that WildlifeTrackers our online wildlife mapping tool is now live. WildlifeTrackers allows anyone anywhere to submit wildlife incident reports as they happen through mobile phone, internet or email. This latest project of WildlifeDirect was initiated because we realized that wildlifedirect blogs have become a hugely valuable repository of vast amounts […]

Experts Conclude that Bushmeat is a Menace to East African Wildlife

Researchers and conservationists from Kenya , Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan concluded on 8 December 2009 that bushmeat was indeed one of the major threats to wildlife and peoples livelihoods. The experts, who had gathered for a two day workshop in Kampala, Uganda concluded that unless efforts are taken to eradicate this problem, then wildlife […]

Swoop Net’s 5,000 Bags of Illegal Charcoal

A Kenya Forests Service (KFS) crackdown on illegal charcoal trade in Kinango, some 70 km southeast of Mombasa, Kenya, nabbed six 3-ton trucks loaded with more than 5,000 bags of charcoal in two days starting 1 December 2009. The operation, involving 15 forest rangers, one commander, two forest officers and the District Forest Officer (DFO) […]

Video on climate change and poverty alleviation in Africa

We’ve been thinking about the implications of decisions (or not) at Copenhagen at the Global Climate Change Conference which starts on Monday. To find out what  the average Kenyan thinks, I spoke to Rhoda, a domestic worker in Nairobi. [kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] You can also download and listen to this as a […]

WildlifeDirect wins Mongabay award

We at WildilfeDirect are hugely honored to have won mongabays “Innovation in Conservation Award” for 2009. The prize is granted by Mongabay each year to an organization using an unconventional and highly effective approach to conservation. “WildlifeDirect, a group that promotes conservation through blogging by rangers and scientists, has won’s “Innovation in Conservation Award” […]