Kenya burns world’s largest haul of ivory sending graphic message to poachers

The numbers are stark. So are the images.

Some 8,000 elephants killed by poachers to create this, a stockpile of 105 tonnes of ivory, spread over 11 large pyres and set ablaze in Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, other heads of state, world leaders, conservationists and celebrities, were on hand Saturday for the historic event in Nairobi National Park. Another 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn from 343 poached rhinos were also burned.

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta sets ivory from poached elephants ablaze/Twitter
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta sets ivory from poached elephants ablaze/Twitter

“The burning of Kenya’s elephant ivory and rhino horn stockpile shows my government’s strong commitment to fighting wildlife crime,” Kenyatta said.

“The ivory haul and rhino horns, which we set on fire this afternoon, will take at least three days to be completely consumed by the fire,” the president added.

The epic bonfire comes at leaders gather for the Giants’ Club summit, which is lobbying for a global ban on ivory.

Elephants are on the road to extinction if poaching continues at the current rate. Around 20,000 were killed for their tusks last year, according to most estimates.

Countries around the world have stepped up efforts to crack down in the illegal wildlife trade.

Main photo Kenya Wildlife Service/Facebook

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