Wildlife populations declined by an average of 60% over the last four decades
It is not the first time that we see burning elephants. The habitat of Asian elephants is shrinking. A crowd of people in an Indian village brutally attacked an elephant and his cub and shot the couple with firebombs. After getting close to humans, they were shot at with firebombs. The problem: […]
Unwilling to leave the animals so soon, we decided to drive south through Kruger National Park, rather than taking the quicker but infinitely less interesting highway. It was quick and easy to get into the park and we were surprised by how few instructions we were given before being waved through the gates. Going on […]
The Kenyan Wildlife Service has arrested five men for smuggling finished ivory products. Since 2009, ten tons of raw and worked ivory has been illegally harvested from Kenyan sources.
In 2012, 384 Elephants and 19 Rhinos were lost to poachers, the previous year’s tally was 289 Elephants and 29 Rhinos. Four Kenyan Game Rangers have been killed in this same period.
Policing this illegal trade has been difficult as sophisticated organized crime groups dominate this illicit trade, and this is a serious problem throughout Africa.
More aggressive policing on the ground with heavily-armed game wardens in the field, and the use of trained sniffer dogs at shipping points will hopefully help stem this serious trade.
Large herbivores such as elephants often seek out natural mineral deposits such as rocks and soil to supplement their dietary intake of sodium whenever the mineral is not obtained in adequate quantities from woody plants and natural water which elephants consume. So it is not uncommon to find elephants devouring soil and licking rocks high […]
Our international flight from London was to Nairobi where we stayed overnight at Serena Hotel. From there next morning we left for Amboseli which was a 4-hour drive. At Amboseli we stayed at the Serena Safari Lodge which is right inside the park on a higher plateau. The view from the lodge was fabulous and we […]