NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Leading Kenyan wildlife conservation
lobby groups on Saturday took part in the global march to
galvanize support for protection of rhinos and elephants that
are facing serious threats like poaching and depletion of their
Senior government officials took part in the
10 kilometers walk to raise awareness on the plight of iconic
mammals that are the bedrock of Kenya’s tourism sector.
"There is a renewed commitment by Kenyans from all walks of
life to promote wildlife conservation. Our elephants and rhinos
are at greater risk of poaching and there is need for collective
efforts to save them," Cabinet Secretary for Environment Judi
Kenyan conservationists joined their counterparts in other
parts of the world to participate in this year’s global march
for elephants and rhinos whose theme was "Justice for elephants
Wakhungu said the government has enacted stringent
legislation to deter and prosecute wildlife crimes effectively.
"We have turned a new page in the war against poaching thanks
to enforcement of tough legislation to punish offenders.
Currently, we have the highest number of wildlife traffickers
behind bars in recent history," Wakhungu said.
She added that adoption of new surveillance technology and
community participation has contributed immensely to a reduction
in wildlife crimes.
Kenya is among Sub-Saharan African countries that have
recorded a drastic slump in poaching of elephants.
Wakhungu revealed that fewer than 100 elephants were poached
in 2015 while the state and bilateral partners have intensified
efforts to disrupt ivory trafficking chain.
Kenyan conservationists are lobbying for speedy prosecution
of individuals involved in wildlife crimes.