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African Presidents Vow to Step Up Efforts to Save Elephants

More than 200 people, including three African presidents, gathered in Kenya for a three-day anti-poaching summit to find ways to stop the slaughter of Africa’s elephants by protecting at least 50 percent of these animals and their landscapes by 2020. African countries were also encouraged to destroy their ivory stockpiles. Kenya ended the summit by burning 105 tons of ivory Saturday, and President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged his support for a complete ban on the ivory trade.

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Sudan, the world’s last remaining male northern white rhinoceros, and his keeper at Ol Pejeta conservancy, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016. The conservancy is home to the last three white rhinos on Earth.
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Sudan, the world’s last remaining male northern white rhinoceros, and his keeper at Ol Pejeta conservancy, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016. The conservancy is home to the last three white rhinos on Earth.

Sudan, the world’s last remaining male northern white rhinoceros, lives at Ol Pejeta conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016.
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Sudan, the world’s last remaining male northern white rhinoceros, lives at Ol Pejeta conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016.

English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, bending down, meets Ringo, a 6-month old white rhinoceros, at Ol Pejeta conservancy, home to the last three northern white rhinos on Earth, in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016.
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English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, bending down, meets Ringo, a 6-month old white rhinoceros, at Ol Pejeta conservancy, home to the last three northern white rhinos on Earth, in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, April 28, 2016.

Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi, center left, and Kenya Wildlife Service chairman Richard Leakey, center right, prepare for ivory tusks and rhino horns to be burned, Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016.
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Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi, center left, and Kenya Wildlife Service chairman Richard Leakey, center right, prepare for ivory tusks and rhino horns to be burned, Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016.

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