A man has walked over 4,400 km for elephants. He is an inspiration to thousands, and proof of the Power of One. His name is Jim Nyamu, the Executive Director of the Elephant Neighbors Center in Kenya.

Jim Nyamu (left) of the Elephant Neighbors Centre, with Mark Galley (centre), co-founder of Conservation Safaris and David (right), Kenyan safari guide.

Jim Nyamu (left) of the Elephant Neighbors Centre, with Mark Galley (centre), co-founder of Conservation Safaris and David (right), Kenyan safari guide.

 

Jim’s is a walk with a difference – it’s a walk & talk through the elephants’ ever-shrinking home range, talking to and raising awareness amongst the communities that live with  elephants. It’s a tough talk, with most communities resistant to the message, and some even running Jim out of town. At best, local communities are indifferent to elephants and wildlife generally. At worst, they say the only good elephant is a dead one. However, there is hope – the youth are willing to listen. They are willing to consider a different way, if they see direct benefits from the wildlife. This is just the first step of the journey on a very long road, but it’s a step in the right direction.

"I walked over 4000 km for elephants"

“I have walked over 4,400 km for elephants”

We had the immense pleasure of meeting Jim at his inspiring talk this afternoon in Nairobi. We will be working with him to raise awareness in rural communities. Join us on his next walk in Kenya, starting on 6 February 2015, from the Amboseli ecosystem through Tsavo and Mkomazi on to Voi, a distance of 439km.

Learn more: www.elephantneighborscenter.org