Sex and the City star and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) patron, Kristin Davis, has Tweeted her support of today’s ivory burn.
The actress, who also produced the documentary Gardeners of Eden, which is available on iTunes and Netflix, is very vocal in her support of the work of the DSWT, and was in Kenya earlier this year where she was able to see their conservation efforts first hand.
Today’s event will see 105 tons of ivory and 1 ton of rhino horn destroyed to raise national and international awareness of the illegal wildlife trade.
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) April 30, 2016
Across Africa, there has been a sharp increase in elephant and rhino poaching due to demand for ivory and rhino horn products. Currently, more than 20,000 African elephants are killed annually by poachers for their ivory. Rhino poaching has also seen a steady increase from 2007 to 2015 with both species now threatened with extinction.
Training detection dogs and handlers have now been deployed within the Kenya Wildlife Service’s canine unit and since January, the detection dogs have been responsible for 18 seizures, mostly of ivory, but also pangolin scales, live tortoises and animal hides.
Surrounded by orphaned baby elephants in Nairobi – Rob Brandford on why it’s crucial the world tackles poaching. https://t.co/b8gqA1GKvA
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 29, 2016
Kristin isn’t the only celebrity to lend her support to the ivory burn with Kenya’s Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o recording her own message ahead of today’s event.