Richard Leakey on poaching and wildlife trade

Kenya-born Richard Leakey has served as head of Kenya Wildlife Service, an IUCN Member. Much of his life has been devoted to conservation and he has been a leading figure in the fight to preserve the African elephant by banning the ivory trade.

An elephant mouth in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Photo: Alicia Wirz/IUCN

In 2004, Richard Leakey founded Wildlife Direct, a Kenya-based charity which supports conservationists in Africa directly on the ground. The organization played a significant role in protecting mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.

Here Leakey, a long-standing member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, shares his views on what’s needed to combat poaching and the escalating illegal trade in wildlife.


Work area: 
Protected Areas
Protected Areas
World Heritage
East and Southern Africa
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