International March for Elephants, Washington, D.C. Photo Credit; Christina LaMonica Imagery
By; Oyunga Pala
I saw Facebook post of a worn out sole of a sports shoe. The page belonged to outstanding wildlife activist, Jim Justus Nyamu. The post read, “This particular pair of shoe covered 900km or so and now in the store out of race”.
Ever since he started walking to raise awareness 2 years ago, Jim Nyamu has covered over 3000 miles educating the masses on the crisis of Elephant poaching for ivory.
Seized Ivory from Zimbabwe. 7.5kilos/16.5lbs =$33K
On October 4, 2013 and 2014, in over 40 cities around the world hundreds of thousands of people joined together to participate in the International March for Elephants. A global movement sponsored by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade and the effects it’s having on the African Forest Elephant. National Geographic’s Bryan Christy described this phenomenon as the “First ever global demonstration on behalf of another species in the history of mankind.” Jim Justus Nyamu, Founder and Director of the Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC) in Nairobi, led close to 1,000 supporters to the White House in Washington D.C. His mission is to walk and talk while educating the masses with one simple message, “Ivory Belongs to Elephants!” Continue reading