Students World Elephant Day and International Youth Day
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited Amboseli National Park with students from Kibera School for Girls and PCEA Imbirikani School on August 12, to celebrate World Elephant Day. Over 100 students attended the festivities that included a safari, the first for many of the girls, and entertainment from a local dance troupe. Ambassador Godec joined Wildlife Direct Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paula Kahumbu, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Senior Warden Julius Cheptoi, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Judy Wakhungu, Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) Field Operations Manager Katito Sayialel and members of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in introducing the students to the beauty of Kenya’s natural resources and educating them on the importance of conservation.
“Going on safari, children can see their own heritage. It’s important for them to learn why animals are important. We are stewards of this world, and we have an obligation to protect it.” said Ambassador Godec.
This year’s World Elephant Day coincided with International Youth Day, marking the importance of animal advocates involving youth in their work. Youth involvement in conservation serves to better the youth by educating and uplifting, as well as spark awareness on the importance of conserving heritage.
While on safari with the girls, Ambassador Godec quizzed them on the various animals they saw: hippos, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs and of course, elephants.