WildlifeDirect News – No 12, September 2009

Focus on Lions

Kenya’s lions are being killed at a rate of 100 lions a year. From a once recorded population of more than 30,000 lions, the country now has a meager 2,100 lions.

The population decline of lions has been attributed to climate change, loss of habitat and human-lion conflict. At play in the human-lion conflict is widespread poisoning. The most commonly used poison is carbofurans the leading brand of carbofuran (sometimes even the only brand) being used is Furadan. That is why WildlifeDirect has been at the forefront of the campaign to have this lethal pesticide banned totally in Kenya since 2007.

This year, WildlifeDirect partnered with the Born Free Foundation in a campaign to rescue the remaining lions of Kenya from extinction. This campaign is using 50 life-sized lion statues decorated in various ways to raise awareness about the plight of lions and to raise funds to support lion conservation projects.

WildlifeDirect was allocated one lion and in line with our desire to see an end to lion-poisoning, we used this lion to communicate this message and to raise funds to support the lion conservation projects that blog at WildlifeDirect.org

You can donate online to help us help Lion Guardians and others. You can also donate to Baraza to help us keep the campaign going.

Dr Richard Leakey Launches ‘Androcles Lion’

Lion statue to is centerpiece for call to ban carbofurans

WLD Newsletter bannerOn Wednesday, 3 September 2009, renowned Kenyan conservationist and chairman of WildlifeDirect Dr Richard Leakey inaugurated the ‘Androcles Lion’ at Yaya Center, Nairobi. This life-sized male lion coloured pink is the centerpiece for a campaign to urge the Kenyan government to ban carbofurans which are associated with the death by poisoning of at lease 75 lions in the past 4 years.

The Androcles Lion, named after the lion that saved the Roman slave Androcles from being being mauled by other lions, was made through a partnership between the Born Free Foundation and Wild in Art, a UK art charity. WildlifeDirect is among the 50 or so organizations, most of them businesses who have adopted a lion (or two) each to support the call to save Kenya’s remaining 2,100 lions from imminent national extinction in a campaign dubbed the Pride of Kenya.

Each of the 50 lions has an independent theme. The ‘Androcles Lion’ in its part carries the theme ‘ban carbofurans’ joining a WildlifeDirect campaign that started in 2007, to end poisoning of Kenya’s lions using carbofurans.

WildlifeDirect issued a press release that is reproduced at the Baraza blog which further gives the content of this campaign. Pictures of ‘Androcles Lion’ and other lion statues – located in different public areas in Nairobi – can be seen in the Pride of Kenya blog.

Africa Alive Raise $4,700 for Lion Guardians

Lion Guardians expanding operations to new area.

Eselenkei guardiansIt was great news when the Lion Guardians received $4,731 from Africa Alive, an animal park in Suffolk, UK. This is not the first time that the Africa Alive has raised money to help in the conservation of the lions by the Lion Guardians project.

According to the Lion Guardians, this donation will help them begin their plan to expand into the neighbouring Olgulului Ranch. This will be the third ranch that the Lion Guardians will be expanding their project into after successfully starting operating in their second ranch, Eselenkei.

In these days of dwindling lion populations, it is a welcome breath of fresh air to see concerned people help communities that have resolved to save this ‘king of the jungle’ from imminent extinction.

You can also make your donation to help save the lions of Amboseli area, Kenya, by visiting the Lion Guardians blog

Paula Kahumbu Named 2009 PopTech Fellow

WildlifeDirect CEO selected for her work at WildlifeDirect

Ian Redmond in RwandaOn 9 September 2009, Paula was announced – via a press release – to have been selected as one of the 16 fellows of the PopTech 2009 Social Innovation Fellows program.

Paula and the other 15 fellows were selected from a field of more than 200 applicants from 30 countries. This is reflects recognition for the innovative and uniqueness of WildlifeDirect.org, the biggest wildlife blogging platform in the world.

WildlifeDirect pioneered the idea of blogging to raise funds for wildlife conservation and currently hosts more than 100 blogs written by conservationists working in remote and often dangerous places in Africa, Asia and South America.

Each year, PopTech selects 10-20 high potential change agents from around the world who are working on highly disruptive innovations in areas like healthcare, energy, development, climate, education, and civic engagement, among many others.

This is the second time PopTech is being held and the PopTech faculty will take the fellows through a five-day ‘boot camp’ before presenting their ideas to an audience of 700 attending and thousands through live online streaming during the PopTech 2009: America Re-imagined in October 21-24, 2009 at Camden, Maine, USA.

We are glad that the good work of WildlifeDirect will be spread through this forum. Support our work by donating on Baraza

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