Close to two months after launching the 4 200 kilometres walk from Kenya to South Africa dubbed East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk, Kenyan man Jim Nyamu has arrived in Zimbabwe on his mission to raise awareness about elephant conservation.
Nyamu who is now known as the Elephant Man has made headlines globally for his ivory belongs to elephants campaign walk.
Driven by the desire to end the depletion of the African elephant population due to poaching the trained research scientist from Kenya, Nyamu decided to embark on a gruelling walk from Kenya to South Africa.
The East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk will see the elephant man passing through six regional countries preaching the gospel of anti-poaching.
After spending 30 days in Zambia as part of his East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk, Kenyan ‘Elephant Man’ Nyamu arrived at the Victoria Falls border post this morning accompanied by the Zambian team of conservationists and Livingstone Mayor Mr Eugene Mapuwo.
“We are confident that the walk will bring about the desired results, that it will motivate us all to work towards conserving the wildlife heritage,” said Mr Mapuwo.
A handover ceremony was done at the port of entry with the symbolic handing over of the national flag to the activist to mark the start of his campaign in Zimbabwe.
Nyamu highlighted his journey so far as adventurous and tough and called on the need for Africa to unite in ending the scourge of poaching.
“We must unite as Africa and work together in ending the scourge of poaching. We are being united on the campaign by the elephants and we do have common challenges let us work together in making Africa great,” he said.
The Elephant Man has so far covered three countries on his latest campaign namely Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia and will spent some time in Zimbabwe before heading to Botswana and ending his campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Upon arrival he paid a courtesy call on the newly elected Victoria Falls Mayor Somvelo Dhlamini.
Nyamu will be in the country for more than two weeks raising awareness on the need to preserve the elephants and interacting with the members of the communities co-existing with wildlife.
Solidarity messages continue to pour in from across the globe with optimism that the campaign will put to an end the rapid depletion of elephants in Africa.