Monthly Archives: January 2010

Using the new WildlifeTracker site on WildlifeDirect

Dear friends, We are so pleased to see the amount of activity on Wildlifetracker, our citizen reporting site for wildlife observations. We built this site using the world famous Ushahidi open source software. Today Gwilli from the Masai Preservation Trust proudly uploaded a post about the spearing of lions in Mbirikani Ranch near Amboseli. There […]

US EPA sued for failing to protect endangered species from pesticides

Pesticides may be the biggest threat to endangered species world wide. In Africa the situation is serious, growth in the use of agricultural chemicals has been justified on the basis of food security concerns regardless of consumer, user and environmental risks. Sadly, most of the chemicals are produced in the west where many are banned. […]

EU Ivory trade meeting – UK says no to trade proposals

Dear friends, Representatives of the 17-country Coalition for the African Elephant have arrived in Brussels to discuss the ivory trading proposals. They want the European Union, which votes as a block, to say no to Tanzania and Zambia in Doha in March. “We are asking the European Union to take a clear stance in support […]

Thank you for your comments

Thank you all for your wonderful comments to the new site. We really appreciate all your suggestins and will be working non stop to perfect the site. From Richard Leakey and the WildilfeDirect Team Technorati : , Richard Leakey, WildlifeDirect, conservation, wildlife

Redesigned WildlifeDirect Site Launched

Dear Friends of WildlifeDirect, We have been working hard on the redesign of the new website and we were finally able to launch it on Monday 25 January 2010. We have brought in new features that are meant to enhance your experience as a blog reader and also to optimize the site for ease of […]

Local People Saving The Mau

Two or so weeks ago – 15 January to be exact – Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who has been unwavering in his quest to save the Mau Forest, led a large delegation of government officials to Kaptunga Forest in the Mau Forest Complex to launch the governments Mau Forest Restoration programme. A large crowd […]

East African battle on sale of ivory

East African battle on sale of ivory to take centre stage at Brussels forumBy WALTER MENYA, Daily Nation January 18 2010 at 21:00 The silent wars involving Kenya and Rwanda on one side against their East African partner Tanzania over trade in ivory heads to Brussels from January 22. Kenya and Mali will be co-chairing a six-day meeting that […]

Solar Eclipse Photos in Nairobi

It started off looking like a terrible day for a solar eclipse, cold and clouded over -but then we had the sight of our lives. This blog post is to share it with those who were not in the path of this amazing spectacle. I took these photos at the Nairobi National Park

CITES: Kenya’s Elephant Poaching Fears

As the date of the CITES meeting in Doha draws near, Kenyan media is starting to get interested. On Saturday, Cynthia Vukets of Kenya’s NTV reported on the dangerous move Tanzania is making to have it’s elephants downlisted from Appendix I to Appendix II of the CITES Red List of Endangered Species thus allowing them […]

CITES Ivory Wars: What is in the Proposals?

To understand the epic battle for the elephant that is coming up in 2 months, when African Elephant range states lock horns in Doha, Qatar, to contest for amendments to CITES Appendix I and Appendix II, one must understand what is in the proposals submitted by both sides of the ivory trade divide. On the […]