Lupita Nyong'o, Sauti Sol and Caroline Mutoko Launch “Poaching Steals From Us All” Campaign in Kenya
In the run up to the world's largest ever ivory bonfire, to be conducted by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) this weekend, popular afro-pop band Sauti Sol and local radio personality Caroline Mutoko launched an anti-poaching “hearts and minds” campaign with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.
On 30 April, the Kenyan government, with sponsorship from the African Wildlife Foundation, will destroy 105 tons of ivory and 1 ton of rhino horn to raise national and international awareness on the illegal wildlife trade.
Across the continent, elephant and rhino poaching has increased sharply due to demand for ivory and rhino horn products. More than 20,000 African elephants are killed annually by poachers for their ivory, with rhino poaching steadily increasing from 2007 to 2015.
A message from African Wildlife Foundation President Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya on South Africa’s decision not to submit a proposal to legalize rhino horn trade at this year’s CITES meeting.
Today, 32 environmental and conservation organizations appealed to Yahoo! Japan, the world largest internet ivory seller, and its major shareholder SoftBank, to halt all elephant ivory sales on Yahoo! Japan’s shopping and auctions sites.
Ugandan conservationist will be a vocal, visible voice for wildlife in a modern Africa.