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Tsavo National Park is considered the jewel of Kenya. Besides being one of the world’s largest and most important wild areas, spanning 16,000 square miles, it is considered one of Africa’s last truly wild and untamed regions. It is home to Kenya’s single largest remaining elephant population estimated [in 2011] to be about 12,000 and is considered one of Africa’s last safe havens for magnificent big tuskers.
But, all of this is changing: Tsavo has become the epicenter of Kenya’s poaching epidemic placing her last remaining elephant herds in peril.
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick recently reflects, “the month of July has seen an unprecedented upsurge in Poisoned Arrow poaching, which is a very disturbing trend that is taking a devastating toll on Elephants throughout the Tsavo ecosystem. THE KWS/DSWT Mobile Veterinary Unit has been kept fully occupied on a daily basis, at times treating more than 3 cases every single day, immobilizing the victims in order to remove poisoned arrowhead and treat the resulting wounds, and before reviving them, administering a long-acting antibiotic injection to aid recovery. Many others have had to have tough thick cable snares cut out from a limb, which unless removed, ultimately render the victim immobile facing a cruel and agonizing death from septicaemia, starvation and thirst.”
“We believe that this Poaching frenzy is a result of the publicity surrounding the proposed imposition of more deterrent punishments for poaching offences by the newly elected Kenyatta/Ruto Government – namely 15 years jail and/or a fine of ten million K. Shs. It is almost as though this has triggered a furious poaching frenzy with tribesmen picking up bows and arrows in order to try and get as much ivory as possible before deterrent punishments are passed into law!”
The David Sheldrick Trust is working tirelessly in Tsavo to curb the poaching frenzy. They are aggressively tackling poaching on the ground and in the air with aerial surveillance teams and eight full-time anti-poaching teams, as well as a mobile veterinary unit.
Most of you know of the Trust’s amazing work saving the young victims of the ivory poaching crisis, what many of you may not know is that the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is dedicated to stopping poaching in its tracks before elephant families are slaughtered and their young orphaned. We invite you to learn more about the Trust and consider a donation to their devoted anti-poaching efforts.
Tsavo National Park and Tsavo’s elephants need our support. Thank you so much, Elephant Advocacy.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust web site
Photo credit: Thank you to photographer Shazaad Kasmani