Kenya made history last weekend by burning 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn as a stand against poaching and illegal animal parts trading, a crisis they have been battling with intensity. African leaders, celebrities, and conservationists from across the globe watched on, and the even received national coverage.
It is worth noting that the fight against poaching has lead to a reduction of elephant deaths from 302 in 2013 to 137 in 2014. More than six tons of ivory and rhino horn were confiscated in transit through illegal trading in Kenya or were recovered in anti-poaching programs. 123 suspects of poaching and illegal animal parts trading were arrested.
Congratulations on your amazing conservation efforts, Kenya!