A Talk on Conserving Maasai Rhinos and Elephants
Why We Recommend it
Maasai Warrior and conservationist Daniel Ole Sambu and rhino-keeper James Mwenda speak on the work they are doing to protect Kenya’s two keystone species.
Maasai Sambu speaks on the importance of elephant conservation and his fight to stop illegal wildlife poaching, which started in 2009. He campaigns at the global hubs of the ivory trade—including Hong Kong, which is a key transit market for ivory—aiming to influence local governments. The ivory trade through Hong Kong has now been banned, though coming into full effect in 2021.
Mr Mwenda then speaks of his work at the Endangered Species Enclosure at Ol Pejeta, Kenia and his close connection with Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. Sudan was euthanised at 45-years-old earlier this year, which, according to Mr Mwenda, poses a serious threat to the survival of the species. Based on his experience as Sudan’s caregiver, he draws attention to the conservation challenges faced today, and explains how scientists hope to save the species.
This talk is organised by the Royal Geographic Society and Jacada Travel in conjunction with the Elephant Foundation’s 2018 Elephant Week.
Photo: White Rhino Sudan in 2015. Credit: Make it Kenya Photo / Stuart Price.