By Daniel Martins
Months after starting an anti-poaching campaign to protect Kenya's elephant population, the country's first lady, Margaret Kenyatta, called last week for a full moratorium on the ivory trade.
Kenyatta, wife of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, says cutting down the demand for ivory would boost attempts by authorities to crack down on poaching in Africa.
She spoke to CNN last week at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which includes a home for orphaned elephant and rhinos. Kenyatta herself adopted an orphan elephant, called "Tundani," earlier in the year.
She noted the giants are not only part of Africa's patrimony, they are also a valuable attraction.
Domestic and international tourism makes up a substantial chunk of Kenya's economy, a source of development threatened by dwindling numbers of Africa's largest animal.
The Weather Network's regular Endangered Species series focuses on the challenges faced by the world's most at-risk animals. The latest entry is the Amur Tiger.
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