September 13: Back to Africa
We touched down in Kenya late this evening, a little over a year since I first visited this beautiful country. In London we have just been filming public service announcements with the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and soccer icon David Beckham, who are helping to get the word out on the rhino horn and ivory horn issues.
It was a real pleasure to meet both of them. Wildlife conservation is a team effort and I really look forward to working together in the future.
I was very impressed with the Duke’s personal warmth and his dedication to conservation. He even recorded the message “when the buying stops, the killing can too” in Vietnamese and Mandarin. I’m not sure how good my Vietnamese was but I gave it a go!
I am looking forward to tomorrow’s visits to some of the wonderful organizations that I met with last year. I am eager to hear how they are doing and the progress they are making. I am worried that the poaching may of even of got worse but at least we are starting to get the word.
As I landed in Nairobi my cellphone told me “Welcome to Saudi Arabia” which was pretty confusing!!! However, I was very encouraged to read a message from the Chinese government asking people not to buy ivory and rhino horns. This kind of thing should really help.
I hope that this trip will open more eyes and bring additional support to stopping the demand for endangered wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn.