Kenya′s elephant numbers double over three decades | News | DW | 12.08.2020

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    Efforts to curb poaching have helped Kenya's elephant population more than double over the past three decades, the Kenya Wildlife Service announced on Wednesday.

    There were just 16,000 elephants in Kenya in 1989, but by 2018 that number had grown to more than 34,000, KWS Director John Waweru said during a visit to Amboseli National Park to mark World Elephant Day.

    As part of the event, Balala helped to tag a bull elephant and named a pair of twin calves.

    Poaching has had a devastating impact the continent's elephant population over the decades.

    In 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire valuable stockpile of elephant tusks and rhino horns to send a message to smugglers.