WildAid having Lupita Nyong’o as the Global Elephant Ambassador is a very good decision. No one fits best than someone coming from a Country that is fighting poaching and I believe she will do an amazing Job to fight Ivory Trade and save Elephants as well not only in Kenya but Africa at large.
But as Kenyans and Africans in our own Countries we can do something and not wait for Ambassadors like Lupita to do the fighting for us or organisations but do something about it. You can not understand what is going on only through the Media or how Important these Animals are without actually being able to visit and see them. Its such a shame that Tourists fly all the way to Africa while we have the privilege to see these beautiful Animals at a cheap fee. The park fees that we pay help in conservation of these animals, employ more Rangers and equipments for protection and pay their salaries as well. So we need to visit these parks as often as possible that way we are doing so much in such a small way.
Catching Poachers is certainly Important but that doesn’t address the underlying problems that drive Poaching. 90% of the battle will be won if the Locals are Engaged more. They see and hear more and strategies should be put to ensure that they have a change in attitude,engage them more with the Rangers because they are the people most likely to be exposed and tempted towards engaging in poaching activities.
But as we the local people fight more in our countries then we can leave the work of the Ambassadors and Wildlife Organisations in Educating and creating Public awareness both in Africa and Asia where the demand for Ivory originates.By this we do not let others do the fighting for us but do something as well.