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Kevin Lunzalu

Co-Founder, Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network

Kenya ยท Class of 2022

Growing up, Kevin loved visiting the Nairobi National Park. He was fascinated with the work of the rangers and how they closely interacted with the wildlife. His interest in wildlife and conservation led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Management at Egerton University. Kevin’s short-term engagement at the Nairobi National Park during his undergraduate field attachment inspired his desire to engage more young people in the global conservation conversation. He co-founded the Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network (KYBN) to do just that. KYBN has grown into a robust youth-led organization that amplifies the voice of youth and advocates for policy change in the conservation space. Kevin is now a Masters Fellow in Coastal Science & Policy at the University of California Santa Cruz. He plans to return to Kenya in Summer 2022, to continue leading KYBN to find ways to mainstream conservation issues into other sectors and spearhead a capstone project through which he hopes to address the harmful impact of marine debris on key nesting sites of endangered species of sea turtles in Kenya.


Published Op-Eds and News Updates:

  1. Shock as scientists find plastics in human blood
  2. Scientists: Plastic mulch sheets deliver microplastics to the food we eat
  3. Beyond 30%: Why rights holders are key to the realization of the area-based conservation target of the post 2020 GBF
  4. Clearing the way for sea turtles
  5. Hundreds of youth activists lay out demands at Montreal biodiversity conference
  6. The Kenyan activist who carries the voice of young people