Wildlife Direct

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WildlifeDirect "is a joint program of WildlifeDirect Inc., a US registered non for profit organization, and Africa Conservation Fund (UK), a UK registered charity. Both charities are founded and chaired by African conservationist Dr Richard Leakey, who is credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s...

"WildlifeDirect takes no administration fee for the funds that are transferred through us so that the financial support can go to where it was intended in its entirety. Our core costs are provided for separately through grants, primarily from the European Union. We are a small and efficient team running on very low overheads, based in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo." [1]

"WildlifeDirect was founded and chaired by Dr Richard Leakey to help bridge this gap by using the internet, and especially blogging, to connect and empower like minded people." [2]


International Board of Directors

Kenya Board of Directors


Accessed December 2011: [4]

Directors (2007)

Accessed November 2007: [5]

Former Staff [6]

  • Emmanuel de Merode, Executive Director - Anthropologist and conservationist with 12 years park management experience in Central and Eastern Africa. Belgian, residing in Nairobi.
  • Laura Alessandrini, Chief Finance Officer - Strategy consultant with 6 years Experience. Formely with Boston Consulting Group. Holds an MBA from INSEAD
  • Ken Murei, Chief Technical Officer - He is the Information Architect and System Developer for the wildlifedirect website. He has worked on several major regional websites such as Kenya Airways.
  • Ephrem Balole, Country Programme Officer for the Democratic Republic of Congo - Worked for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme and then for the European Commission in eastern Congo.
  • Amir Bazarbacha, Finance Officer / administrator for the ACF Congo programme - Worked previously in Benin with the French International Development Agency. A Tunisian citizen.


Web: http://www.wildlifedirect.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Board, Wildlife Direct, accessed November 14, 2007.
  2. About, Wildlife Direct, accessed August 25, 2008.
  3. Wildlife Direct Board, organizational web page, accessed November 17, 2019.
  4. People, Wildlife Direct, accessed December 16, 2011.
  5. Board, Wildlife Direct, accessed November 14, 2007.
  6. The Team, WildlifeDirect, accessed November 14, 2007.