Tanzania to host epic Elephant Ride and Elephant Walk to raise awareness on Africa’s poaching crisis
African Wildlife Trust founder, Pratik Patel, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, has initiated an epic 260km Elephant Bike Ride from Arusha, Tanzania through to Nairobi, Kenya from the 15th to the 18th of August 2013 to raise awareness locally and globally on the urgent need for pro-active protection of threatened elephants and wildlife. All are welcome to participate.
Day 1 is a 100km ride from Arusha to Namanga , Day 2 is another 100km’s from Namanga to Kajiado and Day 3 is 60km from Kajiado to the Nairobi National Park gate, finishing with a 20km walk to the Kenya Wildlife Service’s headquarters in Nairobi on Sunday morning.
Approximately 100 bikers are expected to complete the journey and over 1000 people to join in the walk to the HQ. Press in both Kenya and Tanzania, as well as international media will be covering the event.
The Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism will flag the start and join last days walk into Kenya. The ride’s aim is to show unity in fighting and addressing the poaching crisis affecting all African countries.
Close on its heals is the 650kmElephant Walk from Arusha to Dar-es-Salaam, starting on the 24th August, running over two weeks, finishing on the morning of the 14th September 2013.
Over 1000 people and school kids are expected to join on the first day through Moshi. Various members of Parliament are participating to show support. The event will have full coverage from east African and international press.
The African Wildlife Trust is erecting a majestic wooden elephant sculpture with the assistance of a wooden branch from each guest staying at their Maisha Kikoti Safari Lodge.
The full size wooden elephant is to be transported to Dar-es- Salaam for a symbolic burning event. AWT’s intention in setting this installation aflame is to draw attention to the importance of saving the elephants in Africa from extinction and fighting the poaching crisis in every way possible.
Invitations are extended to the diplomatic community, NGO’s, conservation organizations, CITES, international press and Governments to show Tanzania’s commitment to conservation.
During the month of October there are also to be Elephant Awareness Walks in the following cities: Mwanza , Dodoma , Iringa , MBeya and Tanga. All are invited to join and show their support.
Tanzania is hosting the IUCN elephant conference in November 2013 to address the elephant poaching crisis facing the world.
The African Wildlife Trust is a completely non-profit organization founded by Pratik Patel, a third generation Tanzanian whose family has a successful and long-standing photo safari business and history with conservation.