On 30th April 2016, The President of Kenya – Uhuru Kenyatta – burnt Kenya’s entire ivory stockpile in front of the world as an effort to end poaching and send a message to the poachers that Kenya’s wildlife are worth more alive. He burnt 105 Tonnes of ivory making it the biggest burning of ivory in history. Apart from the ivory, The President burnt colobus, leopard and other irreplaceable animal skins.
I had the opportunity to visit the site before the burn and it was sad seeing it. The threat of extinction is real for animals! and if we don’t do anything we might be seeing pictures or stuffed look-alike animals in the museum instead of seeing them in the wild.
There were different reactions about the burning of the ivory – some negative and others were positive but what most people agreed on is that there’s a need to save our precious animals.
I am happy that Kenya made a statement to the world that they are serious about protecting their wildlife heritage. However, I believe Kenya not only needs to burn the ivory but also take more action such as jailing the perpetrators.
I am a big fan of volunteering and love participating in causes that I can make a difference. My new-found love is protection of wildlife and I pledge to inform and educate people on protection of our wildlife. I wouldn’t want to tell my children’s children that there used to be animals such as elephants and rhinos, I would like them to experience what I have experienced, that is, view animals in their natural habitat.
Protection of wildlife starts with YOU! You don’t have to participate in conservation-work hands on, but you can join conservation organizations. Here are some reputable organizations you can join: Africa Wildlife Foundation, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund and many more. I challenge you to make a difference in your community…you don’t have to do big stuff, small actions also count such as sharing conservation content on your social links or donating at your local animal orphanage.
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