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Richard Leakey, a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, dies at 77

Richard Leakey, a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, dies at 77

Uhuru Kenyatta announced Sunday night that Richard Leakey (paleoanthropologist, well-known for his fossil-finding, and conservation work in Kenya) has died at the age of 77.

The cause of death has not been announced.

Leakey, the son of internationally recognized anthropologists Louis Leakey (left) and Mary Leakey (right), also held a number of public leadership positions, including director of National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenyatta stated.

WildlifeDirect shared that they are deeply saddened by the news about the death of their founder.

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Paula Kahumbu was the group’s CEO. She said Leakey had a natural instinct for leadership that was both old-fashioned and straightforward. His memory was amazing and his ability to keep many ideas in the air simultaneously to find common threads was remarkable. He will be missed greatly.

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