James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa

James Isiche

Regional Director, East Africa


As IFAW’s Regional Director for East Africa, James has focused on projects that enhance protection of elephants and their habitat. James and his team have been key partners, working in close cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and wildlife authorities in other African nations, to develop model projects in Meru and Tsavo National Parks in Kenya, as well as improving conditions for elephants in Murchison National Park in Uganda. The IFAW East Africa team also manages IFAW’s research project in Amboseli National Park working in collaboration with the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

Understanding the importance of trans-border wildlife conservation, James worked closely with the staff of Mkomazi Game Reserve, which borders Tsavo, to increase protection of wildlife in the region. He has also negotiated cooperative anti–poaching partnerships with the Rwanda Wildlife Authorities, and the Institute Congolais our la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN or Congolese Wildlife Authority), which provide additional protections for African wildlife at risk from the illegal trade. In addition he has worked with  the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism of the Government of Southern Sudan on developing a national wildlife policy

Taking trans-border cooperation to the next level, James has led the IFAW East Africa team in developing cooperative projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and several West African countries. He continues to be an active participant in the Lusaka Agreement Task Force on their  intergovernmental efforts to fight wildlife crime in Africa and is an active lobbyist for Kenya’s CITES activities.

From IFAW’s Kenya office, each year James’ team engages hundreds of children in animal action education curricula and activities that teach children to appreciate animals and become responsible stewards of our shared environment.


• Member, National Steering Committee to draft the 2007 Kenya Wildlife Policy and Bill (Kenyan government appointed position)
• Assistant Director: Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, Kenya Wildlife Service
• Area Warden, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
• Assistant Warden, Aberdare National Park, Kenya


• Master of Science (MSc), Wildlife Management, University of Reading, UK
• Integrated Environmental Management Course, Kenya
• Land Use Planning for Protected Areas Course, Germany
• Communicating for the Environment, Conservation Education Course, International Centre for Conservation Education, UK
• Scientific Research Fellowship, Forest of the Black Lemur, Project, Earthwatch Institute

IFAW publications:

Contributor, Tsavo Challenges, Solutions, Hopes June 2005-2011
Contributor, IFAW’s Tsavo Conservation Area Animal Spotting Guide
Contributor, Tsavo: Small Steps, Big Impacts; July 2007–June 2008
Contributor, Joining Hands, Safeguarding Tsavo; July 2005–June 2007
Contributor, Restoring Meru National Park, 2000-2005

Press contact

To schedule an interview with James Isiche, contact:
Jaqueline Nyagah
Communications Manager, IFAW Kenya
Tel: +254 (20) 807 2197
Email: jnyagah@ifaw.org