GMB correspondent stocks up on Kenyan sim cards ahead of conservation assignment

Jonathan Swain in Kenya
Good Morning Britain’s Jonathan Swain and his team have bought every available SIM card in Kenya to ensure coverage near Mount Kenya. Photo: Twitter/SwainITV

Good Morning Britain (GMB) senior news correspondent, Jonathan Swain, has been stocking up on Kenyan sim cards to ensure he can broadcast from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for a report on conservation ahead of this week’s Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference in London.

The breakfast show reporter has travelled out to the region to see for himself what the current situation on the ground is regarding poaching for tomorrow’s programme.

In figures released earlier this year, it was revealed that in 2017, Kenya lost nine rhinos and 60 elephants to poachers, compared to 14 rhinos and 96 elephants lost during the previous year.

The decline in wildlife poaching in Kenya is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the rangers who protect the animals in Kenya’s national parks, as well as community and private conservancies. Increased levels of security have been complemented by tougher sentencing guidelines for wildlife crime and by community engagement initiatives.

For this week’s London conference, decision-makers from around the world will gather to address this serious threat to the wildlife population from organised crime, build coalitions and work together towards closing markets.

Good Morning Britain broadcasts daily in the UK from 6am.

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