British actress Elizabeth Hurley was in Kenya recently for a holiday and to attend the Nairobi Ivory Burn. The Royals star arrived in Kenya on Tuesday (26 April) and took the opportunity the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a sanctuary which protects some of Kenya’s endangered species.
“I was fortunate to witness the burning of 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.3 tonnes of rhino horn in Kenya today. It was an appalling sight. I strongly believe it was the right thing to do. We must fight hard to save these glorious animals, but not just fight poachers but the trade. All ivory trading must be made illegal in every country. The harshest penalties should be dealt out to those who slaughter and trade.” – Liz Hurley
On Wednesday (27 April), she got up close to a baby rhino, which she shared with her Instagram followers on the Facebook owned social media site.
The 50 year-old also attended The Giants Club summit in Laikipia, on Thursday (28 April). The summit was organised to seek ways to overcome the elephant poaching crisis in Africa by bringing together heads of state, African businesses and elephant-protection experts to devise ways of saving the majestic creatures.
She wasn’t the only actress to lend her support to the ivory burn with both Lupia Nyong’o, Joanna Lumley and Kristin Davis also helping to promote the Kenyan government’s efforts to curb the illegal ivory trade.