Jim is no ordinary Kenyan . According to Wikipedia : Jim Nyamu (middle name: Justus), of Nairobi, Kenya, is an elephant research scientist and activist against poaching and trade in ivory. Nyamu is executive director at the Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC) and is leader of the movement, Ivory Belongs to Elephants. He has also held positions at the African Conservation Centre and Kenya Wildlife Service. The ENC is a grass-roots collaborative and participatory research organization focused on enhancing the capacity of communities living with wildlife to promote interlinkages between species and their habitats.
Nyamu walks in support of elephants, and has garnered local, national, and international media coverage.
In September and October 2013, he walked 560 miles—from Boston, MA, to Washington, DC—culminating on 4 October in the Washington, DC, portion of an International March for Elephants, a worldwide event organized by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The DSWT sponsored marches in 15 cities, ranging from London to Cape Town to Bangkok. Independently, sympathetic groups marched in about 25 other cities around the world.
Jim Nyamu (center) was a featured speaker at the Washington, DC, International March for Elephants, held in many cities around the world. He had just finished a 560-mile walk from Boston, MA, which took him a month.
In February 2013, Nyamu walked from Mombasa to Nairobi (311 miles) and, during the months of May and June 2013, he walked from Maasai Mara to Nairobi (1,063 miles). After his U.S. trek, he planned to head back to Africa to walk another 1,550 miles, from Uganda to Tanzania, ending up in Amboseli, Kenya. One report indicates that he plans to walk another 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles). He is quoted as saying “I will only stop when the world appreciates the fact that ivory belongs to elephants.”
Nyamu attended the ivory crush, mandated by the Obama administration, on 14 November 2013 where 6 tons of ivory were destroyed in Denver, Colorado. As part of the 2015 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, held around the world 3 and 4 October, 11-year-old Maddie Jabs organized a walk in her hometown of Saugerties, NY. Jabs was inspired by meeting Nyamu during his 2013 walk from Boston, MA, to Washington, DC; she reportedly met up with Nyamu in New York City and walked three miles with him. According to a 30 October 2015, post in the website Coastweek.com, Nyamu and Kenya’s “anti-poaching protest team” completed a 260-km (162 miles) walk, which took 11 days and covered major towns around the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya. Nyamu’s walks were described in Modern Africa Guy 3 April 2016. The article described Nyamu’s many conversations along his walks, the dangers he faces from those involved in the ivory trade, and current price ranges for ivory, which continue to drive the trade and endanger elephants.
His Latest Walk is aimed to engage the conversation in the UK with a 300 Mile walk across the South West of England Setting of From London. Jim set off with a Press statement From the High Commission office on the 30/11/2017 with a Two mile Set off Parade accompanied by H.E Lazrus Amayo the High Commisioner in the United Kingdom.
The Set off was at The Natural History Museum was fitting . The Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum is uniquely placed to share world-leading conservation expertise. Our collection comprises 80 million specimens, and our conservation work across the world .
Kenyans braced the rain to offer Moral support to Jim and his support team away from the Elephant Jungle to a more vibrant and cosmopolitan London .
We would Like to urge all well wishers who have started having this very engaging Conversation to support Jim and his Charity to ensure the Elephant story remains relevant over Many generations to come .