KWS to burn prized trophies this month

By KBC Reporter

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 The Kenya Wildlife Service has begun moving elephant tusks and rhino horns set for burning from its regional centers to the headquarters in Nairobi.

Kenya Wildlife Service Director Kitili Mbithi said the first 16 tons of ivory from Tsavo East arrived on Thursday.

More consignments from Voi, Mombasa, Nanyuki, and other parts of the country are expected in the next two days to make up 106.35 tonnes.

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The elephant tusks and rhino horns are part of a stockpile of wildlife trophies recovered from poachers.

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In an effort to fight poaching the government will set ablaze 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horns on the 30th of April 2016 in solidarity with international efforts to curb the illegal trade on wildlife trophies.

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The ivory and rhino horns will be set on fire at the Nairobi National Park where wildlife conservationist, Hollywood celebrities, diplomats and business leaders from different countries.

The vast stockpile of ivory will be set on fire on April 30 during a star-studded summit on poaching and illegal trade in ivory where Hollywood celebrities, presidents and business leaders from different countries are will be in attendance.

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The stockpile to be destroyed consists of 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horns.

Tight security has been put in place to move the ivory and ensure every piece reaches the headquarters.

Destruction of the illegal merchandise will signify that Kenya places no economical value on the trade as wildlife is a unique key earner in the African ecosystem.




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