On Wednesday evening, November 1st 2023, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) led by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Dr. Alfred Mutua and the Director General, Dr. Erustus Kanga hosted His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla during their official visit to Kenya at the Ivory Burning Site in Nairobi National Park.
The royal majesties were received by Hon. Dr. Mutua, at the Ivory Burning Site, an historical site that holds an immense significance in the history of the KWS’s conservation efforts. The burning of confiscated ivory has been a powerful symbol of Kenya’s dedication to combating elephants and rhino poaching.
Dr. Mutua, explained the vital role the site has played in Kenya’s conservation journey. He stated that it was at this site, in 1989, that Kenya took a resolute stance against illegal ivory trade by burning 12 tonnes of ivory, sending a strong message to the world about the nation’s commitment to protecting her iconic wildlife. Hon. Mutua finished by guiding His Royal Majesty and Queen Camilla through the Ivory ashes left since Kenya embarked on this noble journey.
The royal visitors also had the privilege of witnessing various wildlife species domiciled in Nairobi National Park, one of the most extraordinary wildlife destinations under the guidance of Dr. Kanga. The highlight of the game drive was a close encounter with lions in their natural habitat. As the Safari Vehicle approached the pride of lions, it became apparent that the royal guests had truly connected with the wild heart of Kenya.
The Nairobi National Park’s ability to seamlessly merge urban and wildlife landscapes for successful coexistence and conservation, KWS says Karibu tena your royal majesties. Your visit resonated as a powerful symbol of our collective responsibility to protect our magnificent wildlife and the pristine landscapes they call home.