Since 1989, the population of wild elephants in Kenya has doubled. Unfortunately, this is not true for all of Africa where population of wild elephants has majorly decreased due to poaching.
The news of last male northern white rhino dying in Sudan in 2018 was one of the worst news for conservationists. It is terrible watching a specie becoming extinct from the face of Earth. Unfortunately, there are more than a dozen species that are currently termed as endangered.
However, amidst all this good news is not inexistent. Previously, the Indian government reported that Tigers in India have rebounded and the population has doubled in 12 years.
Now, the Kenyan government announced the wonderful news on the conservation front that Kenya is now home to more than 34,000 elephants.
This news was made public on the world elephant day. For those who don’t know, back in 1989, about 16,000 elephants called Kenya home. Hence, in the past 30 years, their population has more than doubled.
Officials credit anti-poaching efforts for helping the country's elephant population grow. Poaching has had a devastating effect on African elephants. In the 1970s, the continent had about 1.3 million elephants; now, it's down to about 350,000.
The country has majorly tamed poaching in the area. So far in 2020, just seven elephants have been poached in Kenya, DW reported, which is down from 34 in 2019 and 80 in 2018.
Kenya is hoping to turn the good news into even more good news in the future. The Kenyan government's hard stance against poaching has obviously paid off so it's little wonder that they would continue to reinforce funding for the rangers who keep the elephants safe.
In celebrating the #WorldElephantDay, I took part in an Elephant Collaring Exercise, at Amboseli. We collared the young bull, so that we can understand and monitor the movement patterns of the herd, for Elephant conservation and management. #wildlifeKE pic.twitter.com/f7mzlcsp9p— Najib Balala (@tunajibu) August 12, 2020
Where this news is a source of great joy for us, we cannot help being devastated at the fact that in the last 7 years, the elephant population in the rest of Africa has declined by 30 percent which translates into losing about 144,000 elephants.
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