The UK High Commission’s Political Counsellor Andrew Bowes spoke at yesterday’s Wildlife Clubs of Kenya’s 50th anniversary celebrations, in front of an audience of young Kenyans and wildlife activists during which he reiterated Britain’s commitment to conservation.
Formed in 1968 by Kenyan students, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) is a charitable, non-profit organisation. It was the first conservation education programme of its kind in Africa and through its workshops has stimulated a continental wildlife clubs movement.
WCK was elected to the UNEP’s Global 500 Honour Roll in 1986, and according to Dr. George Schaller, it “is the most effective grass-roots programme of its kind in all of Africa.”
Speaking at yesterday’s event, Mr Bowes said: “In our lifetime rhinos face extinction. At current rates of loss, African elephants will be extinct within 25 years. Wherever we are in the world, we must all play our part to prevent this.”
He added that the British government was looking forward to “welcoming a senior group of Kenyans drawn from law enforcement, politics and conservation to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London next month.”
This UK government hosted international conference is taking place on 11 to 12 October 2018 and will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.