Sciencesetavenir: Kenya destroys largest ever stockpile of ivory

 

 

 

SYMBOL. The Kenyan President on Saturday destroyed 105 tonnes of ivory in the Nairobi National Park, the largest ever quantity of "white gold" incinerated in one go. It was a strong symbolic act for the fight against the poaching of elephants, which are being decimated for their premium-priced tusks.

 

 

Before the world's cameras, President Kenyatta and his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose country is home to more than half of Africa's forest elephants, each put a torch to one of the pyramids of elephant tusks stacked vertically more than three meters high. In all, the prominent guests torched ten ivory pyramids and one stack of rhino horns. Approximately 5% of the world's ivory stockpile thus went up in smoke.

 

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