A local man is garnering support to stop the poaching of ivory in Africa with a presentation Thursday.
Steve McNallen, founder of nonprofit organization Forever Elephants, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
He will present an overview of the organization and its mission to end the poaching of elephants in Africa, where McNallen has visited many times.
“We want to put teams in Africa that would work tightly with the local population within their cultural context and deprive poachers of support,” he said.
“I’m looking for community involvement and want to tap into some of the interest in elephants that has emerged over the county fair situation.”
McNallen roamed through Africa on a personal adventure, where he hitchhiked across the Sahara and visited Angola and Zambia in southern Africa, where he discovered the problem with elephant poaching, he said.
“I just realized I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” he said.
“An elephant is dying every 15 minutes to take care of the desire for ivory in consuming nations.”
McNallen hopes to gain traction with social media to put pressure on poachers and expand the word to those in other countries to end the purchase of ivory.
“I would try to do anything we can to put the spotlight on their activities,” he said. “I really want to take this to the community and get support going.”
For information, visit http://foreverelephants.org or contact 530-272-8142.
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