Concerns over poaching are always high in the Sekenani region of Kenya – especially when it comes to ivory and rhino horn – and have increased exponentially. Poaching has increased exponentially as the date when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of Parties will makes its decision whether or not to allow China to purchase certain quantities of “legally” obtained ivory looms ever closer.
In response and in support of strong sanctions against poaching, PRTM Ph.D. student, Moriaso Nabaala, along with numerous other students from Narok University, banded together with Kenyans United Against Poaching to hold massive demonstrations. Narok University and the College of Health, Education, and Human Development have formed strong ties throughout the past several years in order to gain understanding, knowledge, and education from a world away.
The CITES Conference of Parties plan is to allow the sales of ivory from countries that have stocks obtained from naturally deceased animals or other legal methods, to sell to China. Illegally obtained ivory, however, is impossible to differentiate once it has been mixed in with the legal stocks. Preparing for the opening of the “flood gate,” poaching has been on the rise. Read the entire story here or view the demonstration photography.
Excerpts of this story along with the photos are provided by Bedell Photography: Nature, Cultural, and Travel Photography from Around The World.