The 2013 Ballon d'Or nominee says there are about 800 elephants left in his country, Ivory Coast, he really wants the powerful animals protected. Yaya Toure who has been named UN ambassador is participating in the organization's campaign against poaching (the killing of elephants).

Speaking on the choice of the Ivory Coast international as an ambassador, UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner stated that he is a 'particularly powerful African voice' who would inspire action in efforts to tackle environmental challenges.

On the issue of poaching, Toure during his unveiling mentioned that it threatens the very existence of the African elephant. "And if we do not act now, we could be looking at a future in which this iconic species is wiped out."

"Ivory Coast's national team is named "The Elephants" after these magnificent creatures that are so full of power and grace, yet in my country alone there may be as few as 800 individuals left." The Manchester City defensive midfielder added.

Source: Dailymail