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Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey passes away

Date: 04 January 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • World-renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter Richard Leakey, whose ground-breaking discoveries helped prove that humankind evolved in Africa, died at the age of 77.
  • As the slaughter of African elephants reached a crescendo in the late 1980s, Leakey emerged as one of the world’s leading voices against the then legal global ivory trade.
  • Leakey was awarded a National Geographic Society research grant to excavate on the beaches of northern Kenya's Lake Turkana.