Renown American Actress Maggie Q In Kenya For Conservation
Actress Margaret Denise Quigley (Maggie Q) is in Kenya as part of her elephant conservation programme.
On Friday, Maggie Q posted photos on her Instagram and Twitter accounts, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust‘s Elephant Orphanage based in Nairobi.
The actress has been working with David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, one of the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in East Africa, for years in her campaign to conserve elephants. She has adopted an orphan (Kenia) at the centre.
Her last visit too the centre was on May 22, 2008 on her birthday.
Maggie Q is known for starring in the action films Mission: Impossible III and Live Free or Die Trying, and TV series Nikita and Designated Survivor.
She has also starred in Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant.According to conservationists, 30,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year, a rate that will extinguish Africa’s elephants by 2020 if nothing changes.
World’s largest ivory markets
In March this year, China, one of the world’s largest market for elephant ivory, closed the first of its state-licensed ivory carving factories and retailers.
China plans to close down 67 of its licensed ivory facilities, including 12 of its 35 ivory carving factories and several dozen of its more than 130 ivory retailers. according to the country’s State Forestry Administration.
United States is considered the second largest market for ivory with conservationists questioning its willingness to end poaching.Other celebrities who have supported anti-poaching campaigns include Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o, actress Susan Sarandon, and Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta through her Hands Off Our Elephant campaign.
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