Having walked across Kenya, elephant conservationist departs Boston for D.C.

The author with Jim Nyamu as he departs IFAW headquarters on Cape Cod.Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for their ivory - a luxury product that no one needs.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is committed to stopping that clock and protecting elephants by eliminating both the supply of illegal ivory and demand.

My comrade and elephant enthusiast Jim Nyamu has taken matters into his own hands or feet rather. In June, Jim completed his “Ivory Belongs to Elephants” walk across Kenya, covering approximately 2,200 kilometers on foot to raise awareness about the plight of elephants and the ivory trade.

Now he is bringing his walk to the U.S., trekking nearly 600 miles from Boston, MA to Washington, D.C. from September 4 through October 4.

We are proud supporters of Jim, and hosted a reception for him today at our international headquarters to kick off his walk.

Elephant protection is a mammoth task that cannot be accomplished without help from individuals like Jim and those all the way up to the highest levels of government.

In one recent example of our cooperative efforts for elephants, IFAW recently signed a lease agreement with the Olgulului-Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR), a Maasai community residing inside the boundaries of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. This agreement frees up 16,000 acres of land for habitat called the “Kitenden Corridor”.

Together, we can make a difference.

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Be sure to keep up with Jim on his walk to Washington D.C. via his Facebook page!

For more information about IFAW efforts to protect elephants, visit our campaign page.

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia