Protecting Our Elephants

Posted by Peter MUIR

Here Year 7 student Fergus Condon reports on some guest speakers working in animal conservation who visited DC


On November 24th some guest speakers from the organisations The Elephant Society, Big Life and Ol Jogi presented to Year 7 and 8 students. To begin with we had Ted Hodgkinson, co-founder of The Elephant Society, a Hong Kong-based organisation that aims to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species in Africa. He delivered a very moving talk and inspired many students to actively do something to prevent the trade of ivory in Hong Kong. Following this Jamie Gaymer,  head of wildlife and security at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, spoke to us about what he does as a ranger and the work he does in protecting theon the endangered eastern black rhino.  His talk was very entertaining and gave students a deeper understanding of what is involved. Ol Jogi wildlife conservation covers some 58,000 acres.

Last but not least, Big Life representer Daniel Ole Sambu took to the stage. Daniel, is a Maasai Warrior and was dressed in traditional costume which was amazing and colourful and certainly grabbed the attention of the audience. He has worked with the Big Life Foundation since 2009. Daniel also showed a very powerful and heart breaking video (below) of how wildlife is being destroyed by poachers, it is estimated that within 15 years all wildlife will cease to exist unless we actively do something about it. This has inspired students to raise awareness and funds to prevent the killing of precious wildlife.

Over all, these speakers have convinced students that is time we actively do something to prevent the beautiful wildlife in Africa being completely destroyed.  Students will soon be asked to join a petition that will be sent to the Hong Kong government requesting that they stop Hong Kong’s ivory trade.