First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Tuesday joined other wildlife conservationists in the Ivory walk aimed at sensitizing Kenyans and the world to save elephants and other endangered species from extinction.
In solidarity with elephant conservation initiatives, the First Lady accompanied by two members of the first family, Jomo and Ngina walked with Conservationist Jim Nyamu who is the Director at Elephants Neighbour Centre – Race to save elephants for four kilometers from Mount Kenya Academy to King’ong’o GK prison before flagging him off to complete his journey to Nairobi.
Mr Nyamu is on the final phase of his two month walk from Maasai Mara to Nairobi to sensitize the Kenyan communities and the world on the need to save elephants from poachers.
Speaking at Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri before embarking on the walk, the First Lady blamed the continued poaching of Elephants in Kenya and Africa on countries of the world and individuals who provide ready markets for Ivory.
The First Lady, therefore, appealed to buyers of ivory to consider ending the trade on tusks in order to discourage poaching and save elephants from distinction.
Expressing pleasure at being part of the walk to conserve the Kenyan Elephant, the First lady reminded the buyers that their continued trade on Ivory increased the demand for tusks and killing of elephants.
The First Lady underscored the need for school children to join in the wildlife conservation campaign by composing songs, recitals and dances that discourage poaching in the country. More....