Elephant poaching still threatens the existence of the elephants in Africa. Despite an international ban for the sale of ivory tusks in 1989, the smuggled tusks seized in certain international port areas show evidences that poaching is still rampant in African and Asian countries evoking fear that elephants in Africa will be wiped out by year 2020. Since 2008, the poaching of animals, especially that of elephants, has dramatically escalated across the country and in most part in Africa.
Only 2/3 of the elephants’ tusk is visible to the human eye and the remaining 1/3 of it is embedded in the skull of the animal. This is the reason why poachers have to slay the elephants just to get the ivory tusks. Since elephants are big and travel in herds, poachers and hunters have no difficulty in hunting for these animals and killing them by the numbers too. This contributed greatly to the population decline of elephants which saw the 1.3 million elephants in Africa dwindle to only 600,000 by 1979.
Mr. Jim Nyamu, is ENC co-founder with 16 years’ experience of studying elephant in Kenya and Africa. On 9th – 23rd Feb 2013, he walked from Mombasa to Nairobi (500 km) and on 11th May – 29th June 2013 he walked from Maasai Mara – Nakuru – Samburu – Nanyuki – Laikipia – Pokot – Meru – Nyeri and Nairobi (KWS Langata (1,710km) educating people about Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and other wild animals conservation, creating awareness on the dangers of poaching to our economy and collecting community’s views. He collected over 10,000 signatures as a sign of renewing elephant conservation goodwill.
The walk – a global appeal to people who care about elephants and conservation – seeks to establish and support Community – Based Conservation Programs (CBCP) which have so far demonstrated the potential to conserve wildlife outside protected areas. These areas are; Loita Hills, Maasai Mara, Samburu, Meru, Amboseli and Tsavo larger ecosystem in collaboration with the local communities.