Some Good News: An 'Elephant Baby Boom' In One Kenyan National Park

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Summary generated on August 16, 2020

    Kenya's Elephant Population Has Doubled Since 1980s Kenya's elephant population has more than doubled since the 1980s, and one national park is currently having a 'baby boom' thanks to a relief from drought and a drop in poaching.

    Amboseli National Park in Kenya is experiencing something of an elephant baby boom.

    "And Kenya's elephant population is slowly increasing."

    Kenya's Wildlife Service said the country has seen its elephant population increase from 16,000 elephants in 1989 to 34,800 by the end of 2019.

    There are several threats to elephant populations - climate change related drought, clashes with farmers whose land the elephants trample and poachers who illegally hunt and kill the animals for their valuable tusks.

    Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, says that growth in elephant population is in part due to the country's efforts to stop poachers.

    Kenya's Wildlife Service Director General John Waweru spoke about the threat of "Human-elephant conflict" to conservation efforts during the World Elephant Day event - which can arise when elephants raid farmers crops and kill livestock.