On April 30, Kenya’s government lit a historic bonfire. The pyre was fueled by the tusks of more than 10,000 poached elephants, ivory valued at more than $100 million, and the horns of poached rhinos, valued at $2 billion. While ivory burns and crushes have taken place before, none have ever reached this magnitude. The burn of this massive stockpile of confiscated wildlife products is meant to send a crystal clear message to poachers:
“Kenya is making a statement that for us ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.