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Ivory trucks arrive in Kenyan capital for mass burning

Posted Apr 15, 2016 by AFP
Truckloads of elephant tusks arrived in the Kenyan capital Friday, collected from across the east African nation ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory later this month.
Soldiers move confiscated ivory to secure containers  at the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) headquart...
Soldiers move confiscated ivory to secure containers at the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi, on April 15, 2016
Carl De Souza, AFP

Truckloads of elephant tusks arrived in the Kenyan capital Friday, collected from across the east African nation ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory later this month.

The mass burning, the vast majority of its ivory and rhino horn stockpile, will amount to over 100 tonnes of ivory, seven times the size of any ivory stockpile destroyed so far, as well as 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn.

Kenya will destroy 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn  which are sold illegally across Asia for their suppose...
Kenya will destroy 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn, which are sold illegally across Asia for their supposed medicinal properties
Tony Karumba, AFP

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director General Kitili Mbathi said the ivory will be set on fire "in protest at the continued slaughter of the country's most iconic species."

The highly publicised and symbolic gesture against poaching will be led President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The tusks were transported under heavy security from regional strongrooms in the Kenyan cities of Vo...
The tusks were transported under heavy security from regional strongrooms in the Kenyan cities of Voi, Mombasa, Nanyuki
Carl De Souza, AFP

The tusks were transported under heavy security from regional strongrooms in national parks to KWS headquarters in Nairobi.

"The ivory, which is being transported from Voi, Mombasa, Nanyuki and other parts of the country, will make up a significant proportion of an estimated 106 tonnes of elephant tusks to be set ablaze on April 30," KWS said in a statement.

More than 30 000 elephants are killed for their ivory every year in Africa
More than 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory every year in Africa
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The mass burning is expected to be attended by international celebrities, actors, conservationists and heads of state.

Kenya has suggested guests might include Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, business tycoons George Soros and Howard Buffet, although there has been no formal confirmation of guests.

Asia's rising demand for ivory products is behind the ever-mounting death toll of African eleph...
Asia's rising demand for ivory products is behind the ever-mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos, conservationists say
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Former basketball star Yao Ming, who has led campaigns in his homeland of China to raise awareness of the damage elephant poaching causes, is also hoped to attend.

Kenya will burn 106 tonnes of confiscated elephant tusks during an anti-poaching event in Nairobi on...
Kenya will burn 106 tonnes of confiscated elephant tusks during an anti-poaching event in Nairobi on April 30
Carl De Souza, AFP

More than 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory every year in Africa to satisfy demand in Asia where raw tusks sell for around $1,100 (1,000 euros) a kilogram (2.2 pounds).