Yesterday, Jim Justus Nyamu, the Executive Director of the Elephant Neighbors Centre, paid a courtesy call on UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.
During the meeting, Mr Hailey briefed Jim on the UK’s recently announced ban on ivory sales and later, the pair discussed the upcoming East-South Africa Elephant awareness and campaign walk.
Jim is hoping that British agencies and Mr Hailey will join him along the route and is keen for the High Commission to help promote the campaign mission and objectives.
“This campaign will also identify other wildlife agencies working in Arusha, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa and enhance the elephant conservation efforts . The two regions East and South Africa enjoy a cross border corridor and it’s critical to conserve it by engaging stakeholders therein,” Jim said via his Facebook page.
He also reported that Mr Hailey agreed that there is a need to create awareness on wildlife conservation across the region and by involving stake holders.
On Twitter, Jim thanked the High Commissioner for his time and for supporting the grass-roots elephant campaign “Ivory Belongs to Elephants”.
Mr Hailey said it was a “pleasure catching up with Jim, and hearing his plans for another big walk for conservation.”
The walk will pass through Botswana which host the highest elephant population in Africa, and Jim is planning to spend a significant time in Botswana visiting local communities living alongside the indigenous wildlife to learn how they view wildlife and conservation efforts.