Today is World Wildlife Day, as declared by the United Nations, which hopes to bring awareness to the plight of animals and plants that are in danger – mostly from poaching, but also from habitat destruction.
Many of our alumni are directly engaged in efforts to not only raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people, but at the same time, step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.To celebrate this day, we feature Iregi Mwenja – 2005 Kibale TBA course participant – and his work in saving African wildlife. While at the Bornfree Foundation, Iregi was actively involved in the fight against the illegal bushmeat trade mainly through raising awareness on the issue and supporting de-snaring projects.
One of the incidents that he can vividly recall is when together with a team of officers from BornFree, Kenya Wildlife Service, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust; they spotted a Zebra with a snare on its hind leg. Swinging into action, they brought in a veterinarian to remove the snare and treat the wound.
Watch this YouTube video to see how these brave men and women went about to achieve their goal of saving the stripes in Naivasha, Kenya!
Just like Iregi, take action and let’s all get serious about wildlife crime.