Target: Kenya Wildlife Service Director, William Kibet Kiprono
Goal: Protect Kenya’s remaining elephants from the threat of imminent extinction.
Recently, five endangered elephants were reported to have been killed in Kenya by poachers. Rangers from Tsavo West National Park found the tuskless carcasses of a mother and her four offspring. The incident comes after the murder of Cecil, a favorite lion in Zimbabwe. The crime was more damaging compared to the recent killing of Cecil though it did not receive much attention.
It is reported that the elephant populations in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania are quickly declining due to poaching. The international market for ivory has led to the drive for poaching, which is also alleged to be the source of funding for terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab. It has been reported that Tanzania has lost almost 60% of its elephants to poachers while predictions indicate that Kenya’s wild elephants will be completely wiped out in the next few years.
The global reaction to the killing of Ceil was a show of the firm sense of solidarity among the world’s conservationists. Such efforts should also be directed at conserving elephants, which are also endangered.
People were more concerned about how to punish Cecil’s killer instead of how to address the increasing problem of poaching. Of late, there has been little hope of protecting Africa’s endangered species, particularly Africa’s elephants. In Kenya, it has been reported that newly-trained wildlife rangers have reduced poaching by three-quarters. Other efforts include the construction of a 56,000-acre nature reserve at a place called Loisaba. All these efforts are aimed at protecting these animals but more needs to be done.
Sign this petition to demand proper action in the conservation of Kenya’s remaining elephants.
Dear William Kibet Kiprono,
Poachers recently killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park, leaving tusk-less carcasses. As the world was mourning the death of Cecil, an even more damaging incident quietly took place in Kenya. The scale of the crisis facing Kenyan elephants is vast, and these creatures continue to decline in numbers.
While Cecil’s death received worldwide attention, the death of these five elephants was not given much coverage. Elephants have been reported to be at a greater risk of extinction compared to lions because of the unquenchable thirst for ivory. Even though the Kenya Wildlife Service is attempting to protect elephants, more action is required to ensure these animals do not face extinction in the future.
Poaching is increasing exponentially, meaning there is growing demand for proper measures. Your service needs to improve its intelligence and operations to realize success. Also, sterner action should be taken against arrested poachers to put an end to the norm. Your country is facing an elephant crisis, and I urge you to take immediate action and bring a stop to the senseless killing of elephants.
[Your Name Here]
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