Magical Kenya: Tembo Naming Festival

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 01, 2021  

Inspired by the Rwandan tradition of holding a naming ceremony for gorillas, Kenya’s inaugural Tembo Naming Festival  is set to be held on 8th and 9th October 2021 at the Amboseli National Park where President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to grace the event as the chief guest.

During the event, individuals will be allowed to give names to selected elephants after donating funds towards the program which is aimed at boosting conservation efforts of the endangered species.

Hoping to raise Ksh100 Million, The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife is calling on individuals and corporations passionate about conservation to participate in this noble cause. Currently, Kenya boasts of over 34,000 Elephants with the number gradually increasing at an annual rate of 2.8 per cent over the last three decades. Remarkably, there has been a 96 per cent decline in poaching with 386 elephants being lost in 2013 compared to 11 elephants poached in 2020.

Join in on the conservation conversation on twitter using the hashtag #SaveTheTembo. 

Email the Kenya Wildlife Service to sign up


About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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