KUKI’S CRUSADE

Ivory means death — for our elephants, our heritage, our tourism.

With that dramatic declaration Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta began burning 16,000 tusks from thousands of dead elephants.  It was the biggest ivory burn in history: 105 tons of ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horn, all turned into dust to stop poaching and the billion dollar illegal trade decimating Africa’s most spectacular wildlife.

Kenya’ tough anti-poaching laws are a model for all Africa, reducing poaching by 80 percent over the last three years.

For Kuki Gallmann the elephant slaughter is personal. She runs Kenya’s largest private reserve, The Laikipia Nature Conservancy. In the last decade, hundreds of elephants have been killed here. The ivory and illicit sandalwood she and her rangers have seized, helped fuel the symbolic funeral pyres of Africa’s threatened wildlife. Gallman paid an enormous personal price for her commitment, but like a growing number of Kenyan citizens, she vows to never give up.

Kenya burned 105 tons of ivory to try and save its elephants.

Watch our program about Gallman’s efforts to save Laikipia’s wildlife and keep the peace during the annual Highland Games. From the burning of ivory, to her battle against illegal cattle grazers, this Italian born, Kenyan citizen has seen it all in the ongoing struggle over conservation, politics, and land.

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