President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has urged an end to Africa’s illegal ivory trade, saying it means death for elephants and death for tourism.
He is hosting a summit of African leaders, business people and scientists in Nanyuki, central Kenya, to discuss how to save elephants from extinction.
Experts warn Africa’s elephants could be extinct within decades.
After the Giants Club summit ends on Saturday, Mr Kenyatta will help set fire to more than 100 tonnes of ivory.
Around 200 diners gathered on Wednesday night for the Giants Dinner, a fundraising event in aid of Africa’s elephants organised by Space for Giants and Saracens Rugby Club.
Hosted by Will Greenwood and attended by rugby legends Phil Vickery, Jacques Burger and Nils Mordt among others, it was the latest event in a long-standing relationship between Space for Giants and the rugby world.
“Rugby for Giants” is a joint venture between Saracens and Space for Giants which mobilises the rugby community to protect elephants from poaching.
The event, sponsored by Prospect 33, concluded with some serious messages about the elephant poaching crisis from Dr Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants.
The event also featured an auction, with the top prize a conservation safari in Kenya generously donated by Elewana Sky Safari, Loisaba Conservancy and Cheli & Peacock Safaris.
Other Rugby for Giants initiatives this summer include a Round the Island Race with the Saracens Sport Foundation, and Jacques’ Climb for Giants, in which Namibian rugby ace Jacques Burger will lead a four day mountain climb.
Next week, the Giants Club, founded by Space for Giants, is holding its inaugural summit in Kenya, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta. It will be the largest gathering of African political leaders who, along with financiers, philanthropists, celebrities and conservationists, will address the poaching crisis and lay out unique approaches to protect elephants and the landscapes on which they depend.
Space for Giants would like to thank the following people and companies for their help in making the event a success:
- Our sponsors, Prospect 33
- BI Fine Wine & Spirits Merchant
- BT Sport
- Charlie Ross
- Cheli & Peacock Safaris
- Decorum Vintners
- Elephant Gin
- ESI Media
- Hidden Places Travel
- Ian Ritchie
- Jamie Lucas
- Legend Holidays and Events
- Loisaba Conservancy
- Matt Hampson Foundation
- Ognisko Restaurant
- Sara Waymont
- Will Greenwood
The best way to protect wild animals is for the people who live among them to benefit from conservation. Loisaba Conservancy is an example of this – it is a breathtaking 56,000-acre landscape in northern Kenya’s Laikipia County, which is being managed sustainably to conserve wildlife habitat and benefit local communities.
The President of Kenya is to host a historic gathering of African leaders in April to address the elephant-poaching crisis in the first meeting of the Giants Club, the wildlife-protection initiative backed by The Independent.
It will be followed by the burning of a vast 120 tonne stockpile of ivory, much of it seized by the Kenyan state from poaching gangs, to show the government’s zero tolerance to the illegal wildlife trade. The blaze will be eight times larger than any ivory stockpile previously destroyed before.
Africa’s Leaders will meet a summit hosted by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to address the elephant-poaching crisis, it has been reported
The historic gathering of the continents most prestigious leaders will be the first of its kind and is scheduled to take place in April, according to The Evening Standard.
The Giants Club, the wildlife protection initiative backed by the publication, will be followed by the burning of a 120-tonne stockpile of ivory, much of it seized by the Kenyan state from poaching gangs, to show the government’s zero tolerance of the illegal wildlife trade.
Kenya’s president is to host a historic gathering of African leaders to address the elephant poaching crisis at the inaugural meeting of the Giants Club — the wildlife protection initiative backed by the Evening Standard.
It will be followed by the burning of a 120-tonne stockpile of ivory, much of it seized by the Kenyan state from poaching gangs, to show the government’s zero tolerance of the illegal wildlife trade.
President Kenyatta is to convene a summit of African Heads of State, corporate leaders, philanthropists and conservation experts in April to develop a continent-wide response to the trade in illegal-wildlife, it was announced today.
Forevermark, the De Beers diamond brand, led a joint-effort with custom safari specialist, Explore, Inc., to support rhinoceros rescue efforts in Botswana. The organizations held a private dinner for more than 100 persons Thursday at Le Bernardin Privé in New York hosted by chef/owner Eric Ripert benefiting the newly created Tlhokomela Trust.
Special guests at the dinner included Tshekedi Khama of the Botswana minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, activist Gloria Steinem, actress Uma Thurman, model Coco Rocho and husband James Conran, as well as CEO and founder of Space for Giants, Max Graham.
“Tlhokomela” means “to protect” in Setswana (the main language of Botswana) reflecting the trust’s mission to perpetuate and expand the country’s vast and pristine wilderness areas and protect critically endangered rhinos and other species.
All contributions are being made through The Giants Club, which has a played an important strategic role in launching Tlhokomela and continues to support the trust.
Thanks to celebrities, royalty and – most of all – our readers, a record amount will now go to Space for Giants to help prevent the extinction of these beautiful African mammals. By Sarah Morrison
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