Saturday, 30 August 2014

200 elephant carcasses found in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem

Nearly 200 elephant carcasses have been counted in an aerial survey of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

A total of 192 elephant carcasses were counted, of which 117 were in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. More shocking is that of all the carcasses found in Kenya, 84 per cent were outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve, and each had its tusks missing.

These statistics have alarmed conservations in Kenya and Tanzania, who are calling upon the two governments to strengthen their elephant management strategies, as well as deploy technology in the fight against poaching. Furthermore, the conservationists are calling for better management of elephants outside protected areas through strengthened community conservancies.

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