Irish Ambassador Vincent O’Neill and the UK High Commission’s John Hamilton joined Executive Director of the Elephant Neighbors Centre, Jim Justus Nyamu, as he began his 4,200km walk from Kenya to South Africa, passing through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana on the way.
Jim is embarking on his historic walk from Nairobi to Johannesburg to raise awareness of a campaign to emphasize Elephant and Rhino conservation.
Dubbed East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk, his trek comes at time when the elephant corridor is experiencing rapid depletion of elephants due to an increased demand for wildlife trophies in China, America and Europe.
Thank you Balozi @BobGodec USA @etaylorjay Colombian @VincentONIRL @IrlEmbKenya
John Hamilton representing @HCNicHailey of Bristish High Commissioner and Hon @Mwenda Mbijiwe
steping with me as I start the 4200km elephant walk to South Africa . #Walkforelephants #StepWithJim pic.twitter.com/0K53cqOgpc
— Jim Justus Nyamu (@NyamuJim) July 15, 2018
The seven countries are have been singled out due to it’s natural habitat for Elephants in the globe and propensity to lose the iconic wildlife through poaching and external interference.
So far, Jim has walked over 12,000 kms in the three continents with the Elephant Conservation Campaign seeing Jim walk from Mombasa to Nairobi, Meru to Nairobi, Nairobi to Marsabit.
Jim has also walked in eight States in the US including New York,Delaware, Washington, California, Rhode Island, Pensyvania,New Jersey and Connecticut to raise awareness of his campaign.
Regionally, The Elephant Neighbor Centre has taken its campaign to the three East African States of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in the 3,200km Great East Africa Walk in 2016.
In 2017, Jim accepted an invite to adress the House of Lords after successfully completing 370km London to Bristol Walk which was significant as it opened a gateway to petition Europe to ban the market of ivory trophies.
The four month East Southern Africa Walk seeks to bring the world famous corridor together to ensure poaching is completely exterminated and the locals who are in constant close proximity realize and endeavor to conserve Elephant for posterity.
It is expected that Jim will make numerous stops every step of his way from Nairobi to Johannesburg to educate the public and authorities on the importance of the Elephants which are facing serious threats from poachers and other vagaries driving the numbers further towards extinction.