International conservationists have resorted to the use of science to help preserve elephants in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya amid rising poaching in the East African nation.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The School for Field Studies (SFS) and Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) have inked a five-year partnership to help preserve 1,400 elephants which spend about 80 percent of their time outside the national park.
"The IFAW-SFS partnership brings together our organizations' shared passion, vision, research, and management resources to help enhance the population, range and viability of the charismatic Amboseli elephant," said Dr. Moses Makonjio Okello, Senior Director of The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Okello who leads the five-year project said on Thursday the partnership will see scientists, researchers, and veterinarians tracking elephant populations around the park to determine their needs for space and resources, and ultimately help prevent human-elephant conflict.
"Elephants need space and resources in order to be free, viable and to fulfill the flagship role they play in East Africa," said Okello.
"It is a fact that Amboseli's 1,400 elephants spend up to 80 percent of their time outside the national park," said James Isiche, Director of IFAW East Africa said on Thursday.
"They roam in the surrounding Maasai group ranches, and are known to cross over into Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, and wander south over the border into Tanzania as far as Kilimanjaro National Park." More....