Dr. Kahumbu receives 2013 UN Kenya Person of the Year commendation

Dr. Paula Kahumbu is a Kenyan wildlife conservationist. She obtained her PhD from Princeton University where she studied ecology and evolutionary Biology, and did her research on elephants in the Southern part of Kenya. Dr Kahumbu is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect (Kenya) a Kenyan based conservation organization that leads the HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, to mobilize African leaders to protect elephants. The campaign creates a partnership between government agencies, media, corporates, civil society, local and international organizations and local communities in addressing the crisis holistically. Dr. Kahumbu helped audit Kenya’s ivory stockpile in 1989 prior to the first ivory burn. She worked at the Kenya Wildlife Service heading Kenya’s CITES delegation. She is the leading voice on stiffer penalties for elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. Dr Kahumbu is the winner of the National Geographic/Howard Buffet Award for Conservation Leadership in Africa and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She recently received a special commendation at the 2013 United Nations Kenya Person of the Year celebrations in October 2013 for her critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing action around the crisis facing elephants in Kenya.

Philip Murgor (Board Member) with Dr. Kahumbu

Philip Murgor (Board Member) with Dr. Kahumbu

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2 comments on “Dr. Kahumbu receives 2013 UN Kenya Person of the Year commendation

  1. A well deserved accolade:)

  2. H. R. Williams on said:

    I truly admire Dr. Kahumbu’s dedication and personal sacrifice(s) in preserving Africa’s wildlife. I extend my personal congratulations to her–a well deserved recognition in her undying loyalty to sustain the precious and beautiful ‘gifts’ GOD has bestowed upon us. What a powerful and wonderful woman!!!

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