Dr. Kahumbu discusses elephant conservation with U.S President Barack Obama
WildlifeDirect CEO during the Kenya Civil Society meeeting with US President Barack Obama (Credit:White House)
WildlifeDirect CEO Dr.Paula Kahumbu was among the members of the Kenya Civil Society who met the U.S President Barack Obama during his Kenyan visit. The meeting, which was held at the Kenyatta University, brought together members of civil society to address critical issues affecting the country. Dr. Kahumbu spoke on wildlife crime.
‘’I started the Hands Off Our Elephants under my organization WildlifeDirect together with the Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to empower and mobilize Kenyans and Africans to conserve African Elephants’’ Dr. Paula told the President.
‘’Our work has changed the hearts and minds of Kenyans and also the laws. We have been at the centre of judicial reforms in this country’’
She asked President Obama to invite the American people to help by saying “No” to buying ivory and ivory products. She also requested the American government to take the lead by pursuing wildlife crime with the same vigor as drugs traffickers, and by strengthening their mutual legal assistance role in demand source and transit countries.
Watch the meeting here.
WildlifeDirect and UNDP hold project inception meeting in Amboseli
Project inception meeting in Amboseli
This Month, we initiated a new community enterprise project funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in collaboration with Her Excellency, Margaret Kenyatta, The First Lady of the Republic of Kenya in Imbirikani, Amboseli. The project inception meeting held at the Big Life Foundation center brought together over 100 women and representatives from UNDP and the community leaders.
We seek to empower Maasai women by developing business ideas that are linked to the sustainable use of natural resources. Robert Kaai is managing the project.
Creating a Generation of Wildlife Warriors event
Creating a generation of Wildlife Warriors event was a unique opportunity to discuss and document ideas on how young people of Kenya can become leaders, champions and defenders of our wildlife heritage
On 4th July, WildlifeDirect hosted Wildlife Warriors at Brookhouse School which attracted people from many sectors and corners of the country to discuss the role of young people in conservation using Open Space Technology. More than 300 people attended ranging from diplomats, scientists, rangers, university and primary school students and children from slums, and officials from counties.
It was a unique opportunity to discuss and document ideas on how young people of Kenya can become leaders, champions and defenders of our wildlife heritage.
Watch our video here.
WildlifeDirect taking part in the inventory of Kenya elephant ivory and rhino horn stockpile
Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting the ivory during the Commissioning of the inventory exercise of elephant and rhino horn stockpile
WildlifeDirect was proud to officially partner with the government in the first ever digital inventory of elephant ivory and rhino horn in the country commissioned by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The Stocktake involved a number of organizations including Stop Ivory and Save the Elephants. Due to the sensitive nature of the work we cannot provide further information until the full official report is distributed.
KWS, Kenya Land Commission and Kenya Railways sign deal for Standard Gauge Railway to pass through the Nairobi National Park
The railway will be elevated for 1 km across the 9 km length in the park. This will allow animals to pass underneath it and no land will be lost from the park
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Land Commission (KLC) and the Kenya Railways this month signed a an agreement to allow the new Standard Gauge Railway to pass through the northern edge of the Nairobi National Park.
The railway will be elevated for 1 km across the 9 km length in the park. This will allow animals to pass underneath it and no land will be lost from the park. The KWS Chairman Dr. Richard Leakey, reassured WildlifeDirect that no part of the Nairobi National Park will be reduced contrary to the previous reports in the media which had indicated that several acres would be degazetted for the new railway. WildlifeDirect had launched a petition to stop the railway from encroaching on the National Park.
WildlifeDirect’s Jim Karani wins scholarship to study animal law at Lewis and Clark
WildifeDirect’s Jim Karani and Natasha Dolezal when he received the scholarship
WildlifeDirect’s Legal Assistant Jim Karani has won a scholarship to study Animal Law at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), at the Lewis & Clark Law School in the United States.
On completion, he will be the first African attorney with an advanced degree in animal law.
Congratulations to him. Jim leaves for USA at the end of August.
Dr. Jane Goodall Celebrates 55 Years of Pioneering Research with Wild Chimpanzees
Dr.Paula Kahumbu joind Dr. Jane Goodall in cutting a cake to celebrate 55 years of pioneering research with chimpanzees at Gombe National park in Tanzania.
On July 14, 2015 WildlifeDirect CEO Paula Kahumbu joined Dr. Jane Goodall as she celebrated 55 years of pioneering research with chimpanzees at Gombe National park in Tanzania.
Platinum Dancers perform anti-poaching play
Known for winning one of the biggest regional dance shows in East Africa, Sakata, Platinum dancers from Kibera performed an anti-poaching play in the SPA completion, a Christian dancing competition.
Branded in Hands Off Our Elephants T-Shirts, the group won the second round and will be performing in the finals in August. They danced to Tusimame, an elephant anthem composed by four African artists including Emmanuel Jal, Syssi Mananga, Juliani and Venessa Mdee. This is part of Jal’s “We Want Peace Initiative”
Watch them perform the anti-poaching play here
Eyes In The Courts
‘This month our legal team has been following up on the long awaited trial of suspected ivory kingpin Feisal Mohamed Ali which started the 9th of July 2015. Feisal Mohamed Ali and five others are accused of possession of ivory contrary to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013. Feisal’s bond application at the high court was denied and the court ruled that he should attend his trail while in custody unlike his co-accused. The main trial will start on the 17th of August 2015 for 3 consecutive days at the Mombasa law courts. If convicted, Feisal faces up life imprisonment or a fine of not less than 20 million shillings.
Eyes in the court room project is also following two huge seizures of ivory from Kenya in Singapore and Thailand earlier this year. The seizures led to the uncovering of a cartel the Mombasa port and consequently several employees of Kenya Ports Authority are facing charges in relation to the seizures.