Launch of African Symposium’s Wildlife Conservation in Africa: The New Way Forward

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African Symposium’s Inaugural Forum on Wildlife Conservation in Africa  launched on March 3, 2020 on the United Nations designated World Wildlife Day and in line with Sustainable Development Goal 15. H.E. Lazarus O. Amayo, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Kenya, and H.E. Jean-Claude do Rego, Ambassador of Benin to the UN gave opening remarks along with Dr. Djibril Diallo, CEO of The African Renaissance and Diaspora Network as the moderator. The forum took place at the Rubin Museum of Art and focused on opportunities for the African Diaspora community and friends to play a more active, engaged and visible role.


The other dynamic speakers included Angela Grimes of Born Free USA, Lexi Bowes-Lyon of Space for Giants, Edwin Tambara of African Wildlife Foundation, Alexandra Mor, Jewelry Designer, Esther Agbarakwe, Nigerian Climate Change Activist, Fleurie LeClercq, Children's Book Author, NDE Media Group, Zigi BenHaim, showcasing THE MAGNIFICENT DOZEN: Endangered Animals paintings, Dr. David O’Connor, Permanent Observer of IUCN to the UN, Dr. Dale Jamieson, Director, NYU Center for Environmental & Animal Protection, and The Same Sky Foundation.


Of the estimated 415,000 Wild elephants on the continent, approximately 55 African Elephants are poached every day. Due to rampant poaching for Rhino horn, there are only two Northern White Rhinos left in the world, both of which are female, and with approximately 23,000 lions left in the wild, African lions face extinction by 2050. The United Nations General Assembly has designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and to recognize the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being.


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