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Kenyan ivory stockpile audited
Comprehensive and transparent inventory made in compliance with Kenyan law and CITES
Kenya has a massive 137 tonne stockpile of elephant ivory and 1519kg of rhino horn in its strong rooms and vaults spread across the country, according to audit results announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu. The first-ever comprehensive and transparent inventory found 25,052 pieces of ivory and 1248 pieces of rhino horn. A total of 2300 ivory samples and 800 rhino samples were also collected for DNA analysis and profiling. The historic audit was completed within the planned 45 days in 20 inventory sites. The exercise was conducted in compliance with Kenyan wildlife law and the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which Kenya is a signatory.

Saluting our fallen heroes
“The fight against poaching is not easy. We have lost wildlife rangers and other law enforcement agents. We salute our fallen heroes, and our resolve does not waver. In the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, there is a role for each one of us.”
Kenya’s First Lady and patron of ‘Hands off Our Elephants!’ anti-poaching campaign Margaret Kenyatta during the first United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi last year.

Perfect partners! Wildlife friendly skies
National carrier Kenya Airways has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Kenya Wildlife Service and global conservation organisation, Freeland, to curb smuggling of wildlife products through commercial airlines. A joint programme dubbed “Wildlife Friendly Skies” will be implemented to improve the capacity of airline staff to detect and report movement of illegal wildlife products. The move comes against the backdrop of escalating wildlife trafficking run by organised criminal syndicates who use commercial airlines to smuggle products from endangered species across countries and continents. There are around 470,000 African elephants living in the wild, compared to 550,000 in 2006, said NGO Elephants Without Borders.