Change-Makers in Their Own Words: Cheche Winnie

A Peaceful demonstration for wildlife conservation

Kenyan conservationist and activist Cheche Winnie believes that humans are the custodians of nature. Hence it is our duty to protect nature not destroy it. Her work in conservation, education and awareness is essential to conserving the native animals and the landscape in Kenya. She is one of many brave and bold Kenyans who are trying to fight the system and save the African animals we all love. Her inspiring story and fighting spirit may inspire you to join her.

I love wildlife and I am ready to do whatever I can to ensure that future generation get to see animals

I decided to be a conservationist and an activist when I realized that we were treating wildlife unfairly. Most decisions are made without considering the perspective of animals. Poaching and conservation area encroachment continue to be a threat to wildlife existence, and something needed to be done.

Me cleaning up the Mbagathi river
Me cleaning up the Mbagathi river

Knowledge is power and a good start to ensure things change

Extinction is already taking them away, and humans contribute to that. Helping them know how they play that part will help stop the reaction.

Passion is everything. It gives you strength and reasons to fight for something!

If you want to get involved in conservation, look at the many ways that humans are driven crazy out of our greed and selfishness. Then work to find fixes and solutions for that. We can allow our humanity and compassion to guide us towards advocating for the right thing for animals and for the natural world.

Myself at Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya
Myself at Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya

Speak up and let’s stop normalising being oppressed in Kenya!

Just because we think nothing will be done. It’s one step at a time. The locals in Kenya have yet to embrace wildlife as important part of the ecosystem.

In Kenya, wildlife and animals are still seen through safari and tourism eyes

Wildlife is loosely assumed to belong to the Kenya Wildlife Service. Conservation will be effective and successful once we all understand and embrace the act of protecting wildlife welfare, even from ourselves.

  • Planting trees at Uhuru Park Nairobi
  • My 2019 birthday tree planting
  • At Olulua Park, Nairobi Kenya

My goal is to enable or give humans reasons to fall in love with our planet and wildlife

This love will help them consider the safety and welfare and welfare of animals while making decisions.

African elephant. Source: Pixabay

Wangari Mathai and Jim Nyamu helped me find strength to do what I do

I love what they have done for our environment and wildlife, and they challenge me to do more in ensuring that we do more. Our trees and wildlife should not suffer from human negative activities.

  • Wangarĩ Muta Maathai (/wænˈɡɑːri mɑːˈtaɪ/; 1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize
  • Kenyan Jim Nyamu is an elephant research scientist and activist against poaching and trade in ivory. Nyamu is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC) and is leader of the movement, Ivory Belongs to Elephants. Here Jim Nyamu (center) was a featured speaker at the Washington, DC, International March for Elephants He had just finished a 560-mile walk from Boston, MA, which took him a month. Read more

Animals are never fake and are always their true selves

They demonstrate true bonds when it comes to relations among themselves. Greed and selfishness have stripped humans that luxury.

Animals are never fake and are always their true selves
Lions playing together – Pixabay

I love being in nature and the woods

Moments in the woods are the best. They are filled with bird’s song, the whistling wind, lots of fresh air, among other goodies. Nature allows you to enjoy stuff with no interruptions. I always look for the opportunity to embrace nature in a deeper way.

If I were to speak to my younger self, I would tell her to speak up – right from the beginning!

It took time before I got courage to speak up for anything. I would just remain silent and let it be. Not anymore and never again.

Me at the Climate Change Youth Conference
Me at the Climate Change Youth Conference

All I desire is for humans to fall in love with our planet, especially nature and wildlife

By opening up our hearts to animals and nature, we will eliminate our negative impact of our greed and selfishness. I also think it’s absolutely essential that we find eco-friendly solutions to waste and businesses and that we do right by our planet.

Please follow me on my journey as I change the state of wildlife conservation in Kenya

I blog regularly on WordPress about many issues relating to conservation and also the pressures, triumphs and challenges of wildlife conservation in Kenya.

My website and blog

If you have any questions or would like to offer your support to our cause, please feel free to get in touch with me here:





Other Kenyan conservationists:

Jim Nyamu: ResearchGate

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai: Wikipedia

KEAN (Kenya Environmental Activists Network)

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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