Kenya offers amnesty to surrender rhino horn, ivory trophies

Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu inspects a guard of honour at the Kenya Wildlife Service head office in Nairobi on March 30, 2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The offer was issued as the government seeks a total global ban in ivory and rhino horn. Those who fail to surrender the trophies will face the law.
  • According to Prof Wakhungu, anybody holding any ivory, rhino horn or any other wildlife trophies, jewellery or trinkets made from the animal parts should surrender them to the KWS director-general at KWS headquarters in Nairobi.
  • Alternatively, they can surrender the trophies to KWS assistant directors at regional offices in Mombasa, Voi, Nyeri, Marsabit, Kitale, Nakuru and Meru National Park.

The government has issued a 21-day amnesty for Kenyans to surrender any wildlife trophies they hold without a Kenya Wildlife Service permit.

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