The Big Five will gain a prominent place on the new banknotes that will soon be put into circulation in Kenya.
The Central Bank of Kenya has in fact announced the long-awaited new look of the banknotes: on the new Kenyan shillings will no longer be represented the monuments and previous presidents of the country, but will be the animals, symbol of the savannah, the new protagonists.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially consented to the printing of the new notes and coins that, in a few years, will completely replace those currently in circulation.
The operation has been defined as an act due to the animals that represent Kenya and that are the main attraction for tourism, that represents an important source of income for the country.
The colors of the banknotes will not change, but on the banknotes of 1,000 shillings we will no longer find the effigy of the "father of the country" Jomo Kenyatta, but an elephant, while the lion will be present on the cut of 500, and the 100 shillings will be territory of the leopards, in place of the second president of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi.
Finally, the rhinos were chosen for the 200 shillings and the buffaloes for the 50 shillings banknote.
The coins will also have a makeover: the coins currently in circulation have impressed the images of the three former rulers of Kenya; Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki; the new coins will also have images of the country's wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos.
An important step that underlines Kenya's commitment to conserving its natural resources and conserving wildlife.