DiCaprio, Kidman to take conservationists role in Kenya this April

January 26, 2016 8:23 pm
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In March last year, President Kenyatta set fire to 15 tonnes of ivory with a pledge to set ablaze all of Kenya’s stockpiles/FILE
In March last year, President Kenyatta set fire to 15 tonnes of ivory with a pledge to set ablaze all of Kenya’s stockpiles/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – In his most recent role, he plays a poacher; scout to a party of fur trappers in the age of cowboys and Indians in the movie The Revenant.

When he jets into Kenya in April, it will be in the role of conservationist. Oscar nominated Leonardo DiCaprio is among high profile individuals expected to attend a summit on combating elephant poaching as part of the Giants Club.

The Giants Club was founded by elephant-protection charity Space for Giants which lists among its accomplishments on its website, the creation of a 56,000 wildlife conservancy in Laikipia and the capacity building of the Judiciary and of security agents in Northern Kenya to combat poaching.

“This successfully reduced the illegal killing of elephants by 74 percent in a single year, stabilising one of East Africa’s largest free ranging populations,” it touts.

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu announced on Tuesday, is also on the list of, “glitterati,” expected to attend the April 29 and 30 summit.

Elton John and business magnates George Soros and Michael Bloomberg are also on the list together with, “Several heads of State and Government,” Esipisu said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta joined The Giants Club in July last year when Patron and owner of The Independent and London Evening Standard newspaper Evgeny Lebedev called on him at State House.

During the summit, Esipisu said, Kenya is set to torch a historic stockpile of ivory, 120 tonnes, to show its, “zero tolerance,” for poaching.

In March last year, President Kenyatta set fire to 15 tonnes of ivory with a pledge to set ablaze all of Kenya’s stockpiles.

READ: Kenya to burn all ivory stockpiles this year – Uhuru

Kenya whose elephant population is under threat from poachers and being home to the United Nations Environment Programme, has taken a leading role in the anti-poaching campaign.

Unsurprisingly, it was a key part of discussions between President Kenyatta and US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis during their visits last year.

As a follow up, President Kenyatta held talks with US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday during which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, “in which the US will help build Kenya’s technical capacity to combat wildlife trafficking, expand biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change,” Esipisu said.

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