The EPI Secretariat is delighted that Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, has agreed to serve on the Board of the new EPI Foundation, which will be led by the former President of Botswana, Ian Khama. Mrs Kenyatta (pictured centre) and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala met the EPI’s John Stephenson, Keith Roberts and Dr Winnie Kiiru in Nairobi, and discussed how the Foundation can help EPI Member States secure the finance to implement National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs). The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada Bio, will also serve on the Board
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.
We, the EPI, comprise 19 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.