Weʼre raising £4,000 to help fund the East- South Africa Ivory Belongs to Elephants walk.
- Manchester, UK
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Jim Justus Nyamu is the founder and Executive Director of the Elephant Neighbors Center, which focuses on enhancing the lives of communities living with wildlife by offering solutions to mitigating human-wildlife conflict and highlighting the direct importance of wildlife to those communities. Jim and his team have been walking to raise awareness of the plight of the African Elephant since 2013, completing over 7,400 miles to date across Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
This most iconic of African species is being pushed towards extinction - slaughtered by poachers to supply a worldwide ivory trade worth up to £15 billion a year. Despite a ban in many countries, the killing is only getting worse – approximately 36,000 are shot every year, an average of 1 every 15 minutes. At this rate none will be roaming wild by 2025.
Despite the announcement at the beginning of April by the UK government of plans to ban the sale and export of almost all ivory items, trade in ivory and live elephants is still legal in several countries around the world; and, it would seem, even encouraged, going by Donald Trump’s recent reversal of the U.S. ban on ivory imports. This is one of the reasons why Jim walks in the United States, Europe, and Asia, so as to raise awareness of the plight of the elephant to international communities that are still trading in ivory.
Jim’s next walk will be from Nairobi to Johannesburg, via Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, starting on July 14th; holding community meetings along the route, bringing wildlife agencies together, and talking to the media. This East- South Africa Ivory Belongs to Elephants walk will take 160 days and cover 2,600 miles.
I would very much like to accompany Jim for part of this walk, but unfortunately it will not be practical for me to do so. However, I did plan to walk from Stroud to Chippenham on December 10th with him as part of The Great London To Bristol Ivory Belongs To Elephants Walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the worst day of our winter so far, so it took me twice as long to get from Manchester (where I live) to Stroud as it should have done and Jim and his team were also delayed starting that day due to the bad weather; some of them had not even experienced snow before, never mind anything like as bad as it was. However, we did eventually manage to walk a few miles before the dark closed in and we completed the journey to Chippenham by car and van.
I can honestly say that meeting Jim was one of the best moments of my life – such a humble and genuine man, with an unstoppable determination to ensure the long-term safety of elephants in the wild; he is one of only two people whom I truly admire and is a real inspiration.
The ENC is a non-government organisation and the walks are entirely funded by donations. As you can imagine, there is a lot that the team will require for this walk – meals and accommodation, fuel and maintenance for the support vehicles, insurance, walking kit, communication devices, etc., etc., etc. Please help us secure the future of elephants by donating even the smallest amount – every penny really does count, and will be hugely appreciated.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and for your support.
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Jul 10, 2018
Wish I was going on the walk too
Jul 10, 2018
Let's make sure those elephants are better protected in the future
Jun 23, 2018
Like you Susan, I met Jim Justus Nyamu last year during his UK walk, I still remember his hug when we first met in London at the start. I support Jim 100% and wish him every success in his next walk.
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