Kenyan Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has recorded a message ahead of today’s historic ivory burn, taking place after the conclusion of the Giants Club summit.
At today’s event, the Kenyan government will burn 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn, in a dramatic demonstration of their zero tolerance approach to poachers and smugglers who are threatening the survival of elephants and rhino in the wild.
Last year, the Star Wars star recorded a short documentary for the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and WildAid’s ‘Poaching Steals From Us All’ campaign and helped launch the initiative earlier this week.
The initiative uses public service announcements, documentary shorts, billboards and social media to bolster support for conservation projects and the reporting of wildlife crime.
Earlier today, the UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr John Murton visited the ivory burn site and the UK government have committed £13 million to help the fight to protect the elephant and rhino populations from illegal poaching.