African leaders have called on international donors to commit $1 billion over the next 12 years to save Africa’s remaining elephants.
The call was made during the Elephant Protection Initiative’s Consultative Group at the Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Conference. The group which included the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, urged “donors to put elephants beyond the risk of extinction” by helping to provide the required investment.
The crucial meeting successfully saw seven African countries – Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Angola, and Chad, to present their elephant conservation plans. These plans would cost some 268 million USD to implement over the next three years.
The meeting was of high importance as the Africa elephant population had been devastated by ivory poachers over the past decade. On average, some 55 elephants were killed per day. If this rate continues, elephants could be wiped out within a generation.
We have attached a document with further news about the event for your outlet. The document also includes quotes from major leaders including:
Former President of Botswana, Dr. Ian Khama
President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba
The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and many others.