Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has set on fire stockpile containing 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horns.
The historic ceremony is in protest of slaughtering of elephants and the killing of about 340 of the endangered animals.
The president said youth aged 17 years and below will be allowed to enter the Nairobi National Park for free for the next three days.
“Youth will access the Park and be able to witness for themselves the biggest haul of ivory ever burnt by any Government in the world.”
“The ivory haul and rhino horns, which we set on fire this afternoon, will take at least three days to be completely consumed by the fire.”
Kenyatta said by destroying ivory, Kenya declared once and for all that its National Heritage is not for sale.
“For us ivory is worthless, unless it is on our elephants.”
The ivory burn, according to the president, will ensure that grandchildren in generations to come will be able to see elephants live other than reading about them in books.
African Heads of State on Friday met in Lakipia Kenya heralding a new beginning, not just for Kenya, but across a number of elephant range states.
“Between us, the initial Giants Club member countries — Kenya, Gabon, Uganda, and Botswana — hold more than half of Africa’s remaining elephants. The decisions we take here will determine the future of our elephants,” Kenyatta said at the meeting.
“I am particularly proud to be associated with an initiative that seeks to combat poaching by bringing together visionary leaders of African elephant-range states, heads of major businesses operating in Africa, and the best elephant-protection experts to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity that is so urgently required to save Africa’s remaining elephants.”