This year, for the first time since the ongoing ivory crisis hit East Africa in 2008, elephant births are exceeding deaths in Samburu, northern Kenya. Our intensive monitoring of the population that uses the Samburu National Reserve has revealed this rare good news in a continental context that is mostly bleak. Just as the killings of the known individual elephants are devastating for us, new arrivals bring joy. From STE’s headquarters in Samburu, super-intern Becca Sargent reports here on the new babies that have arrived in the reserve. One happy elephant family is the Royals, a dominant resident group.
It can’t be said too often that education is the key to transforming the future. Northern Kenya is no exception, and in the Samburu region we are proud of our Education Programme – conducted in close partnership with the Disney Animal Kingdom – that teaches local children the true significance of elephants and the ecosystems in which they exist. For people to live in harmony with elephants in a modern Africa, few things are more important. Join us for a moving three-minute film that follows Samburu schoolchildren as they take the journey from fear of elephants to wonder and fascination.
In October, the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) holds its annual Expo, bringing conservationists and their supporters face to face. Elephants topped the agenda this year and STE opened the event with news on the current situation and the solutions of the Elephant Crisis Funds.
Ivory trade kingpin Feisal Ali Mohammed remains on the run, but in a significant new development Interpol has issued a warrant for his arrest. As the net closes on him, we continue to work closely with our partners to increase the risk to other organised crime bosses of being involved in the ivory trade.
When a young bull elephant named Lomunyak was speared, he fled to the relative safety of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. While working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to remove the spear and treat the wound, STE took the chance to investigate the choices that bring him into danger.
October’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos drew unprecedented numbers of elephant friends onto the world’s streets. STE joined the marches in three of the 136 cities around the world where concerned cititzens joined the ever-growing global coalition to save elephants and rhinos.
Our Mission: To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
ATCNews : Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome is the publisher of ATCNews, Eastern Africa’s leading aviation, tourism and conservation news blog of its kind. Wolfgang has over 45 years of experience in the tourism, aviation and conservation fields in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, covering all aspects of safari operations, hotel operations and air operations. Since 1992 he resides in Uganda, previously living for 17 years in Kenya.