Mruttu Wants all Ivory Recovered from Tsavo (Kenya)


Raphael Mwadime, The Star

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The state should hand over all elephant tusks and rhino horn recovered in the Tsavo National Park to the Taita Taveta government to construct an ivory memorial tower, Governor John Mruttu has said.

“Recently the country witnessed the burning of the largest haul of elephant tusks, recovered from poachers, by President Uhuru Kenyatta. I am of the view that the ivory recovered from poachers can be alternatively used for posterity, for instance building an ivory tower that will be used to spread anti-poaching messages and which will also act as a tourist attraction,” he said in a letter to Environment CS Judy Wakhungu dated May 23.

Mruttu said the county hosts the largest national park in Kenya – Tsavo East and West – and it strongly supports wildlife conservation efforts.

Tsavo Trust coordinator Donald Mombo said he fully supports the governor.

“He should also request the national government to return the remains of the famous man-eater lions of Tsavo, which are currently being held at a museum in Chicago, USA,” he said.