After the Great London To Bristol Elephant Walk this December 2017 Jim has just released the 2018 South Africa elephant campaign walk to start in April 2018 covering 4,417km in 190 days.
This is a continuation of Ivory Belongs To Elephants campaign that started in 2013, he has now walked 10,457km and plans to walk 380km in Uganda in August and 302.6km in London this year.
The rationale behind this walk is to raise awareness on the plight of African elephants, according to the African elephant Elephants database. South Africa as region has the highest elephants population 2013 (278,520). This population has declined from 297, 718 in 2007 and expected to drop if poaching is not contained.
Several studies have shown that elephants from Kenya and Tanzania move all the way to Botswana (Dr. Iain Douglas of Kenya Save the Elephants and Dr Alfred Kikoti of Tanzania).
It’s noted that since 2008 poaching has increased and pressure is now coming to Eastern region, which host 89,860 in 2013 from 137,485.
He will walk ahead of CITIES to held in 2020 and hopes to create awareness to most of African elephant range states.
“We have so much to do before the walk start that includes planning, I however ask for the support that included networks in the above countries.” It’s critical and we have to bring all the 37 African Elephant range states together in an attempt to have a single voice and action in ending elephant poaching.
On the 6th of July Jim and the Ivory Belongs To Elephant paid a courtesy call to Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta the 1st Lady of Kenya and briefed her on the campaign ahead and the need for support.
Please join and support Jim and his team for the Great London to Bristol Elephant Walk this December by sponsoring the walk. Please Go to Charity Causes to support.