In the race to save elephants, Education for Nature (EFN) grantee Jim Nyamu is taking it slow. A Kenyan native, Nyamu has dedicated his life and career to saving the dwindling elephant population from illegal poaching in Eastern Africa. He will raise awareness by walking more than 650 miles from Massai Mara to Nairobi on a campaign called Ivory Belongs to Elephants.
WWF’s EFN Professional Development Grants provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These grants provide the tools necessary for professionals to advance in their careers and improve local capacity in their home countries.
Shortly after receiving the grant, Nyamu cofounded the Elephant Neighbors Center (EFC), a non-governmental organization whose mission is to protect African elephants and secure landscape for the endangered species outside protected areas. He and his colleagues are working to change national policy and draw attention to the issues and dangers of wildlife poaching through grassroots efforts.
Walking for a cause
Nyamu already traversed the largest elephant ecosystem in Kenya, the Tsavo, in February to raise awareness of elephant conservation; this walk is the second leg of the campaign and twice the length of the previous journey.
“My last walk was a success because since then, the level of killings of elephants drastically reduced from the usual five to two or one elephants. Initially you would hear of five and above elephants killed by poachers,” said Nyamu. More....