By Joseph Muraya
“I gained more impetus to continue with my conservation work when a senior government officer during the International Elephant Awareness and Appreciation Day in Voi asked me why I bother walking around talking about elephants… getting blisters when we have one million elephants in the country,” Jim Nyamu an animal conservationist told Capital FM News.
The animal activist, who has just concluded a 50-day walk around the country covering 1,700 Kilometres, says he wants to embark on an awareness programme on the importance of animals.
Despite enormous challenges in his task, he says he has put the right garments and nothing will stop him until he wins the fight against game poaching.
“Earlier on, I used to look myself as a person without resources to do this. I used to think I need a car until I realised I had my two legs and mouth to use; and these are my two greatest tools that I am going to use,” he affirmed.
Talking of his walk, he said, “Sometimes I almost gave up…too much planning, too much pressure, insecurity in some areas like Samburu but when the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joined me in Nyeri I was excited because people started believing in me.”
“I had been able to attract the First Family and I still remember the First Lady’s words, “Ivory belongs to elephants”. This really motivated me to move on,” he said wearing a smile on his face.
Nyamu says he intends to create more opportunities to talk to people through walks and other awareness programmes. More....