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Samuel Maina

A conservationist, environmental journalist and blogger, Samuel writes about wildlife and environment. Currently Communications Consultant at Kijani Media.

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5 March 2010

Kenya: Massive Flooding in Samburu as Ewaso Nyiro River Bursts its Banks

At dawn on Thursday, 4 March 2010, a massive flash flood hit Samburu in northern Kenya destroying 6 tourist lodges, some wildlife research camps and leaving thousands marooned on roof tops...

7 February 2010

Opposition Mounts over Tanzania and Zambia Ivory Proposals to CITES

Opposition is mounting against Zambia's and Tanzania's proposals to be allowed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to sell their government...

8 October 2009

Kenya: Waiting for El Niño

Kenyans are waiting for the El Niño rains anticipated between now and December with mixed feelings. Although in it's ‘moderate' form El Niño is expected to displace at least 100,000...

17 September 2009

Kenya: CEO of Wildlife Blogging Site Named Pop!Tech 2009 Fellow

Pop!Tech is coming again this October and on 9 September they issued a release announcing the 2009 Social Innovation Fellows which was also blogged about by Pop!Tech's Kristen Taylor. Pop!Tech...

19 August 2009

Kenya: Lion-saving Art Takes Shape

The pride of Kenya Campaign, being touted as the biggest event in Kenya's conservation calendar this year, has been picking pace and excitement has been building. The Pride of Kenya...

29 July 2009

Kenya: Fibreglass Lions to go ‘Wild’ in Nairobi

As Kenya's lions continue to face persecution and the population continues to dwindle, a campaign to raise funds and awareness about the lions was launched on 17 June 2009 in...

20 July 2009

Kenya: Devastating Drought Worsens Human-Wildlife Conflict

Kenya is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade according to the country's meteorological department. This drought has been felt throughout the country, but it is more visible...

18 June 2009

Kenyans Race to Get Furadan Banned

Kenyan conservationists are making gains in their push to have Furadan, a carbofuran-based pesticide that has so far caused the death of 76 lions, banned in the country. The Member...

10 May 2009

Kenya: World Renowned Elephant Matriarch Dies in Amboseli

World renowned Amboseli National Park elephant matriarch, Echo, has died from what the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) believes to be a combination of old age and the long 3-year...

4 May 2009

DR Congo: Baby Gorilla Rescued in Trafficking Bust

On Sunday, 26 April 2009, ICCN Rangers, led by the Virunga National Park Director –  a former WildlifeDirect CEO – Emmanuel de Merode arrested a suspected gorilla trafficker and recovered...

17 April 2009

FMC Meets with Conservationists in Nairobi over Furadan

On Wednesday, 15 April 2009, two representatives FMC, the Philadelphia-based manufacturer of the controversial pesticide that is at the centre of lion poisoning in Kenya, Furadan, met with conservationists that...

2 April 2009

Lion Poisoning causes FMC to Withdraw Furadan from Kenya Market

The American chemical manufacturer, FMC, has withdrawn the pesticide, Furadan, from the Kenyan market after CBS News aired a documentary on '60 Minutes’. The documentary depicts how Furadan has become...

24 February 2009

D.R. Congo: Chimps are Not Pets

The mainstream media is abuzz with news of a 15-year old 200 pound (90kg) chimpanzee that attacked a woman in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. The Ape, which had starred in TV...

17 February 2009

Kenya: Urgent Translocation of the Lelwel Hartebeest

At the close of 2008, squatters who had been evicted from the Mount Kenya and Aberdare forests about two decades ago in Kenya were allocated plots a section, Sector D,...

6 February 2009

What does Krill Fishing and Sandalwood Harvesting Have in Common?

At first glance, there is no way Krill and Sandalwood could have anything in common: one is a sea animal and the other is a land plant. If you examine...

27 January 2009

DRC:Virunga Gorilla Population Has Grown

On Tuesday, 27 January 2009, D.R of Congo's Virunga National Park authorities issued a press release declaring that the population of habituated – or human tolerant – mountain gorillas in...

23 January 2009

Uganda: Mountain Gorilla Population May Have Declined

We have always known that there are around 700 Mountain Gorillas still alive in the wild today – 336 of which are in Uganda - but a new study published...

22 January 2009

Conservation Through People

The core of conservation is the people who live adjacent to or inside conservation areas. It has therefore always been the goal of forward thinking conservationists to involve the local...

14 January 2009

The Killing Continues in DR Congo's Wildlife Parks

Reportedly, the fighting in North Kivu province of DR Congo has quieted down a little. Sporadic fighting however continues to claim lives. On WildlifeDirect blogs, there are reports of two...

11 January 2009

Wildlife Tragedies and Happenings at WildlifeDirect Blogs

Attempts to flush out Uganda's Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group's leader, Joseph Kony, have not been very successful. Instead, the civilian casualties continue to pile up. One devastating tragedy...

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