WILDAID HONG KONG SAR
Hong Kong SAR lawmaker Elizabeth Quat, a leading voice for dismantling one of the world’s biggest commercial ivory markets, is currently in Africa to engage in field studies and talks with officials in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.
This is Quat’s second visit to Africa in less than a year at the invitation of WildAid and partner conservation groups. On this trip, she recently met with Richard Bonham, head of the conservation group Big Life Foundation founded by photographer Nick Brandt, to discuss the elephant and rhino poaching crisis embroiling the continent.
Upon arriving in Kenya, Quat was informed about the latest brazen poaching incident: On the morning of July 28, a patrol team found the bodies of five poached elephants — a mother and four offspring — in Tsavo West National Park. Two suspects have since been arrested.
With Hong Kong SAR as a global ivory smuggling hub, Quat has joined forces with various conservation groups from Africa and around the world to fight the trade. In February, she formally announced her plan to seek a Hong Kong SAR government ban on ivory sales.
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