First lady of Kenya

8 October 2019

Mr Yacob Yohannes with Miles Geldard

The EPI’s Miles Geldard (left) and Dr Winnie Kiiru (second from right) were honoured to brief Kenya’s First Lady, H. E Margaret Kenyatta on the latest developments in the EPI and in elephant conservation across Africa.

Mrs Kenyatta expressed her satisfaction with progress being made towards a global ban on the ivory trade, and assured the EPI of her continued commitment to its conservation agenda. Mrs Kenyatta sits on the Leadership Council of the EPI. The meeting took place at State House on the 8th of October. Also in attendance was Dr Erustus Kanga (right) of Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

Photography by Karel Prinsloo copyright ©

Photography by Karel Prinsloo copyright ©

The elephant Crisis

Africa’s elephants are disappearing. Some 20,000 are killed each year- that’s 55 every single day- mostly for the illegal ivory trade. The overall number has declined by about one third over the last decade. Many elephants now live in small and isolated populations; if current trends continue, they will be wiped out in the next decade.

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Africa's Solution

 We, the EPI, comprise 20 African countries determined to end the killing of our elephants. The majority of surviving elephants live in our countries. We span the continent, from east to west, from savannah to dense forests. We are Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone. We have a plan to protect our elephants. We can do most of the work ourselves, but we also welcome your support.  

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