Why is it important for youth to take action against poaching?
Tiassa Mutunkei, also known as the Wildlife Warrior, is a Kenyan who is passionate about wildlife conservation, channeling her passion into her own movement named Teens4Wildlife. The organization creates a space for Kenyan and African youth to learn, explore, and discover the value of wildlife – then take action to protect it. “Teens4Wildlife is a space for Kenyan and African youth as a whole to share their ideas and thoughts, learn, explore and discover the value of our wildlife – then take action to protect it.”
How does your work impact the future of wildlife and wildlands?
Teens4Wildlife’s reputation as a social media advocacy and mentorship platform for other “Wildlife Warriors” put her on stage at the Business of Conservation conference in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2018, speaking to a group that included representatives of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Her goal is to empower and impassion African youth to use and raise their voices. “I believe that we as the young generation should come together and take charge of wildlife and wildlands before it’s too late. We are not waiting for older generations to hand it down to us – we will take it, because the time is now. I can’t tell my kids I’m the reason elephants are extinct. We must all come together to protect our heritage. Animals are Africans too, and we should use our voices to speak up for them,” iterates Tiassa. Watch Tiassa Mutunkei’s Redefining Expectations video below.