Police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has today seized ivory worth sh6.4 million that has been stashed in a cargo of gemstones destined for Bangkok, Thailand.
The cargo is said to have originated from Mozambique in-transit Kenya.
According to reports, no one has so far been arrested in connection to the ivory trafficking.
The news comes at a time when Kenya is set to host the inaugural Giants’ Club Summit that will bring together several African presidents, numerous conservation experts, eminent corporate leaders, high-profile philanthropists, and Hollywood figures to work towards the goal of developing a more cohesive, continent-wide response to the poaching of elephants and the trade in illegal-wildlife trophies.
Between 2010 and 2012 some 100,000 elephants were lost to poaching across Africa, and there is no evidence to suggest that number has diminished in the years since.
This summit is expected to put an end to the blithe butchering of our wildlife. And is encouraging political goodwill on the whole continent to enable our collective wildlife conservation.