This ivory burn, which was repeated in 2016, made an extremely powerful, global statement that elephants are worth far more alive and let living. He has also assisted with his service and funding for the Sheldrick Trust, which I'm a member, and a foundation very close to my heart, who are single handily bringing back the elephant population, and many are going on to live back in the wild. He truly is a god send. But Richard was larger than life-and so is his legacy. His vision and commitment set a new pace for conservation, the impact of which will be felt for generations to come with his strict laws and fines for poaching. A man I admired and yet another person the planet will sorely miss.
"It's the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It's happening now, and we, the human race, are it's cause."
"To have arrived on this earth as a product of biological accident, only to depart through human arrogance, would be the ultimate irony."
Richard Erskine Frere Leakey FRE
December 14, 1944- January 2, 2022