Pics: Kenya takes poaching by the horns, burns record 105 tons of ivory

  • AP, Nairobi
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2016 23:07 IST
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stacks elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tons of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, onto a pyre at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya. (REUTERS)

Kenya will burn 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than one ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to set fire to 12 pyres of ivory tusks to be witnessed by dignitaries including visiting presidents.

A general view shows stacks of elephant tusks to be burnt. (Reuters)

Kenyatta said Kenya will push for the total ban on trade in ivory at the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species in South Africa, later this year.

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger holds the horn of a rhino. (REUTERS)

Kenyan wildlife authorities say illegal ivory smuggling in Africa and the killings of elephant and rhino increased after the 2007 temporary lifting of a ban on trade in ivory.

A Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stands guard in the rain near stacks of elephant tusks. (REUTERS)

A woman takes a picture with her mobile phone of the stacks. (REUTERS)

A sculpture with ivory finishing is seen among ornaments arranged near a pile of elephant tusks. (REUTERS)

And then they set it ablaze. (AFP)

It was around 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn. (REUTERS)

This was the world's biggest ivory bonfire, after demanding a total ban by Kenya on trade in tusks and horns to end "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. (AFP)


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