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Mounting Elephant-Human Tension in Kenya

May 18, 2010 · By Angela Render

Driving Elephants Back into Tsavo National Park – Reducing Human-Elephant Conflicts in TaitaThis report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, “Driving Elephants Back into Tsavo National Park – Reducing Human-Elephant Conflicts in Taita” illustrates the mounting tension between humans and elephants. As elephant populations recover, bands of stray elephants are ranging outside Kenya’s Tsavo National Park and the neighboring community wildlife conservancies, destroying human settlements.

Elephant are migratory creatures and their paths often conflict with human settlements and large herds can devastate farms and villages alike. With over 11,600 elephant residents, Tsavo National Park boasts the largest population in Kenya. While Kenya’s Problem Animal Management Unit has driven these strays back onto park lands, elephants don’t recognize human boundaries. For now, everyone is hopeful that the Problem Animal Management Unit can continue to keep the species at peace.

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