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UN chief 'adopts' lion cub

Secretary-General holds a photograph of Tumaini, a lion cub he adopted in Nairobi National Park. UN Photo

Secretary-General holds a photograph of Tumaini, a lion cub he adopted in Nairobi National Park. UN Photo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world, following a week of high-level United Nations discussions on the environment.

"I adopted this lion cub with the hope that all human beings and animals can live in peace and harmony," Ban told reporters in the Kenyan capital. "Human beings should know how to live harmoniously with our Mother Nature."

In the UN release, Ban also said he adopted the six-month old cub, whose Kiswahili name Tumaini means "hope", to show solidarity for the preservation efforts of the Kenyan people, and as a token of his concern for the Kenya Wildlife Service and park rangers.

"Wildlife crime is not simply a threat to animals," Ban said. "With its links to organised crime and even insurgent groups, it is a major security issue."

"The same routes used to smuggle wildlife and timber across countries and continents are often used to smuggle weapons, drugs and people," he added.


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