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Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project, a new high-speed rail link between Nairobi and Mombasa, is well underway. Modern transport links to the coast are critical for the nation’s development, but they also threaten to sever the Tsavo ecosystem (home to Kenya’s biggest elephant population) into two. This month Save the Elephants began work with the Kenya Wildlife Service to investigate how elephants are interacting with the new infrastructure, and where they are crossing beneath the new railway. We deployed 10 tracking collars on elephants to help show where crossings over a planned 6-lane highway should be located.
A shifting form of human-elephant conflict is rearing its head in northern Kenya as growing herds of livestock are being taken to eat and drink in the same areas as elephants. On March 12th our tracking system showed that a female elephant named Kulling (from the Winds family) was moving unusually slowly. When our team reached her they found she’d been shot 4 times. The area was full of herders without elephant experience and who were shooting out of fear. Kulling succumbed to her injuries on March 29th. Our outreach team are working with these communities to ease tensions between humans and elephants.
Morgan, a bull elephant on Kenya’s coast, held the world in suspense over the last month as he sneaked purposefully into one of Africa’s most war-torn nations, Somalia. Moving only by night and staying in cover all day, Morgan appeared to have only one thing on his mind: females.
Prince William awarded Iain’s 50 years of service for elephants with the title Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace this month. The Prince’s support for elephant conservation has boosted efforts to both counter poaching as well as reduce demand for ivory.
Melissa Groo has become a household name for many in the elephant world. The Groo News Service, as our News Service became known, shares news stories and research on wild elephants. Melissa is moving on to focus on her award-winning wildlife photography.
Saba Douglas-Hamilton and family’s adventures in Samburu are now available in the US on pbs.org! Saba is also hitting the road this month, sharing the latest news from the frontline of elephant research and conservation in theatres across the UK.
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.