– African leaders meet to preserve Elephants
– Kenya Wildlife Service Ranger with Ivory Pyre in Nairobi National Park
African leaders meet to preserve Elephants
African leaders are expected to gather in Kenya to deliberate on how to save elephants in the continent from extinction.
The meeting, which would be an inaugural summit of a disclosed Giants Club, will be led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
While the continent’s heads of state meet, business tycoons and scientists are expected to be present.
Experts say Africa’s elephant population has fallen by 90% over the past century and warn that the animal could be extinct within decades.
Immediately the Summit is over, Kenya will set fire on nearly its entire confiscated stock of ivory, 105 tonnes, equivalent to the tusks of more than 6,700 elephants.
According to BBC, the ivory has been piled into a dozen giant pyres, which will be lit by dignitaries at the summit.
The mass burning on Saturday will be seven times the size of any stockpile destruction so far, and represents about 5% of global ivory stores.
African leaders meet to preserve Elephants.
About 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn will also be set ablaze.
The street value of the ivory destroyed is estimated at more than $100 million (£70m), and the rhino horn at $80 million (£55m).
“We don’t believe there is any intrinsic value in ivory, and therefore we’re going to burn all our stockpiles and demonstrate to the world that ivory is only valuable on elephants,” said Kitili Mbathi, Director General of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Reportedly, between 450,000 to 500,000 elephants dwell in Africa; but over 30,000 get killed annually because of their tusks.