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More elephants in Kenya national parks

The growth is 15 per cent, last census says

23-06-2017 by redazione

Fighting against poaching and the international ivory ban are yielding their fruits: in three years the number of elephants in Kenya has increased almost 15 percent (14.7 for precision).
The announcement was made by the Kenya Wildlife Service, thanks to the census carried out last February in Tsavo's ecosystem (East and West), where nearly 90 percent of the elephants in the country reside, and other Kenyan reserves. It was the most impressive and modern census ever made in Kenya. In Maasai Mara the increase was up 72%.
KWS Kitili Mbathi, director of KWS Kitili, said the growth of the number of pachyderms is due to the formation of more experienced and equipped rangers, and to the good operations carried out through the use of new traps and special surveillance systems.
In the last census, three years apart from the previous one, there were altogether 12,866 elephants and 1,167 carcasses, but they belonged to elephants who were old or dead for a long time. During the census, only 27 specimens were found lifeless for killings related to poaching.
Also, many more elephant puppies have been found with their mothers, a sign that the species has returned to reproduction, which stressed that it was no longer safe in savannah in the past had endangered.
According to Mbathi, the return of elephants in the savannah is good news, but it is by no means the possibility of lowering the guard, because in addition to the danger of poaching, there has been a worrying return of human activities within national parks, with related threats Ecosystems and animals, such as coal combustion, cultivation, breeding and therefore the protection of their property, agricultural or animal, from wildlife.
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