How it went down – GMFERL 2016 (Photos)

Extinction is forever; endangered means we still have time.

This year’s Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions Nairobi chapter, here, was a success with 80% of the participants being the youth which was this year’s theme; Youth for Wildlife. This showed the youth were ready to play an active role in wildlife conservation.

National Museum of Kenya, the start off, was already packed with volunteers and participants warming up for the 7km walk to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters.

Close to 100 elephants are killed every day in Africa, that’s 15 elephants every minute gone.

The Cabinet Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment, Prof.Judi Wakhungu was present to flag of the March.

Less than 2000 lions are left in Kenya.

Jim Justus Nyamu, having concluded a 3200km walk in East Africa, was present to remind us why Ivory only belongs to Elephants, the need to eliminate both the supply and the demand for illegal ivory and why we need to work together with KWS to support wildlife conservation in Kenya.

96% of Africa’s Black Rhinos are today only found in four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

The Principal Secretary for State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima gave her remarks encouraging the youth to be active in issues wildlife conservation. She ensured us the ministry is ready to empower the youth in wildlife, biodiversity and environmental conservation. Following the just concluded CITES held in South Africa, Dr. Mwakima highlighted Kenya’s win on its proposal on the closure of domestic ivory trade having been unanimously passed.

We march against extinction and demand our government take action to stop the poaching of elephants, rhinos and lions and end the trade in ivory and rhino horn.

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