In 2020 we got a lot of news, but most of them were awful. We started with the bushfires in Australia, continued with the coronavirus pandemic causing chaos worldwide, the death of Kobe Bryant, and everything else in between. We think we deserve some positive news, which will motivate us to move on. We’ve got that kind of story today.
The positive information comes from Kenya. The elephant population there has doubled since 1989. In 1989, in this country were counted 16,000 elephants. That number has increased to 34,000, and it was declared by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
The director of KWS, John Waweru, announced the news during his visit to Amboseli National Park and marked the World Elephant Day. During this event, Najib Balala said that in the last couple of years, they succeeded to tame poaching in Kenya.
— Najib Balala (@tunajibu) August 12, 2020
In 2020, Kenya has only seven elephants poached. In comparison to 39 poached elephants in 2019, and 80 in 2018, this is a huge success.
Following all the news and updates about the population of elephants in Kenya, John Wawery said that, ideally, Kenya has a conservation and management strategy for elephants, and it is a good recovery.
All together resulted in more than 100% growth of Kenya’s elephant population, from 16,000 to 34,800, counted lastly in the last quarter of 2019.
Unfortunately, the strategy isn’t effective in Africa as a whole. The whole continent was the host to 1.3 million elephants in 1970, and today Africa is host to 500,000 elephants, and only 30,000 live in the wild. It is a consequence of the grown interest in ivory imports and rhino horns in Asia.
All in all, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is determined to take a hard stance on the problem. He even set fire to numerous of elephant tusks and rhino horns to show smugglers what he thinks of their endeavors.
Furthermore, he included longer prison sentences and heftier fines for those who are engaged in poaching or trafficking animals.