She is one of Kenya’s first public figures to take personal interest in the crisis facing Kenya’s elephants. WildlifeDirect has played a prominent role in raising awareness about the crisis in Kenya. It will spearhead a national campaign dubbed ‘HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS’ to unite Kenyans of all walks of life and sectors of society to take personal responsibility towards protecting Kenya’s heritage and the country’s economic future.
The First Lady was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu who reassured the DSWT team that efforts were being made by the Government to save elephants. “My office is in the final stages of creating a new law that will bring the poaching lords to justice, and crush the criminal cartels” After feeding several hungry baby elephants with bottles of milk, the First Lady heard their personal stories
Tundani was discovered a lone baby elephant calf within the Ithumba area in the northern sector of Tsavo East. The calf, who was estimated to be under a year old, was alone along the Tina river and sadly there were no other elephants visible within the area having been scanned thoroughly.
This orphaned boy has been named Tundani after the area in which he was found and he has since continued to accept his new human family, meeting his new elephant friends on his arrival having shown a wonderful willingness to embrace his new home. Tundani is feeding well and enjoying his time in Nairobi National Park’s forests.
The CEO of WildlifeDirect estimates that in 10 years time elephants will be extinct in Kenya due to the high rates in poaching in the country. Dr. Kahumbu was quoted saying this during First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).