Kenya: The Priciest Pyre

The Priciest Pyre

Sixty tons of firewood and 140 gal. of gasoline were needed to get the great bonfire going. Nothing less would reduce to ashes the 2,400 elephant tusks -- twelve tons of nonflammable ivory in all -- that Kenyan wildlife officials had confiscated from poachers in the past four years.

President Daniel arap Moi ignited the 20-ft. tower of ivory, which had been erected in a clearing overlooking the Athi Plains in Nairobi's game park. The pyre was a memorial to the hundreds of thousands of elephants slaughtered in Africa by poachers over the past ten years, and a symbol of Kenya's...

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