29 August 2012

Kenya: 150 elephants to get translocated to the Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Narok District, located in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, is currently designated as one of the human-wildlife conflict hotspots in the country with elephants identified as the most problematic wildlife species.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is therefore currently translocating about 150 elephants in a month long exercise from the Narok North District to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This is already the second phase of the translocation process. In the first phase carried out late last year, a total of 62 elephants were successfully moved from Narok North District to the Maasai Mara.The translocation is set to greatly minimize the human-elephant conflict particularly regarding to crop raids, property destruction, human injuries and death.
A number of the translocated elephants will be fitted with GSM/GPS collar chips to monitor and track their movements.

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