Yesterday, the Irish Embassy formally handed over Taji the ‘Greened’ lion to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) during an event at Nairobi National Park.
For Ireland’s Ministry of Tourism’s 9th Annual Annual Global Greening initiative to mark this year’s St Patrick’s Day, the Embassy of Ireland partnered with KCB Bank to highlight the plight of Kenyan lions whose numbers have continued to decline with the current population estimated at 1,970.
As part of the campaign, the Embassy commissioned the life-sized lion sculpture made from 1,204 flip-flops that have been washed up on the coasts and rivers of Kenya.
Named Taji, a Kiswahili word for Crown, the sculpture was made using 20kg of recycled Styrofoam for his inner structure which was recycled from old shipping containers. It took 605 hours and team of five senior artisans to create the model.