doc marten triumph Leading ivory trade investigator murdered in Kenya
A world renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said on Feb. 5.
Esmond Martin, 75, died after being stabbed at his house in the Nairobi suburb of Langata in the afternoon on Feb. 4.
Martin, an American who lived in Kenya for decades, focused on the demand end of the illegal ivory supply chain, describing,
quantifying and analyzing the Asian ivory markets in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos and elsewhere.
His groundbreaking investigations are credited with contributing to China’s decision to close its legal ivory markets last year, said Paula Kahumbu a leading Kenyan elephant expert and chief executive of Wildlife Direct, a conservation group.
“He was one of the most important people at the forefront of exposing the ivory trade, addressing the traffickers and dealers themselves,” Kahumbu said.