Wanjiru Macharia, a marketing professional with a great interest in environmental conservation recently requested me to give an interview on my life, my career and my future career goals. I had worked with her four years ago at the East African Wildlife Society and she felt that by telling my inspirational story, many young people in Africa will be inspired to take my path or get more informed on the need to take personal action to protect our environment. The interview has been published in the internet by Baraza and other websites. Click here to read the interview in Baraza.
Before joining the USFWS MENTOR Fellowship program to study bushmeat in February 2008, I was leading efforts in saving some of the rare and endangered primates in Kenya. This amateur video takes you back four years ago when we were undertaking research that led to the scientific breakthrough in the discovery of a rare primate population over 300 km away from the known geographic range of the species and across a huge physical barrier – The Great Rift Valley.
This year, I am conducting a special campaign aimed at inspiring young people in Africa to take action to protect the wildlife and the environment. This is how I have chosen to celebrate a decade of a successful career in conservation. This video is one of the activities I have lined up for my special campaign. Please join me in this very important campaign by helping to spread the word and sending donations through this blog to enable me reach out more people through education outreach activities in schools and colleges in Kenya and Uganda later in the year.
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Iregi Mwenja an Alumnus of the USFWS MENTOR Fellowship on bushmeat and is currently working on bushmeat solutions in East Africa