As part of efforts aimed at preserving Elephants and preventing them from going extinct, a three day high level summit organized by the Giants club, came to an end on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya where stakeholders resolved to come up with policies and laws to prevent further Elephant poaching. African leaders, such as Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, the heads of state from Uganda and Gabon , U.S. and U.N. officials, and members of conservation groups, were at the summit which is a deliberate attempt to save elephants from going extinct, following the dwindling number of African elephants which stood at over 1.2 million but has dropped since the beginning of the 20th century to an estimated 400,000 today. Much of the loss in the past few decades has come from illegal hunting to supply the ivory market. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned the ivory trade in 1989, but there are still a number of illegal ivory markets, primarily in Asian countries, which encourage poaching. Highpoint of the Club summit was the burning of the pyramid-shaped piles of ivory which was set upon the grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready for a burning that they hope would render the tusks useless as part of the worldwide campaign to fight elephant poaching.
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