IEF Africa Program

Actions to Minimize Illegal Killing of Elephants in Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya

The Tsavo ecosystem consisting of the Tsavo East and West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, South Kitui National Reserve, Taita and Galana Ranches (Kenya) and Mukomazi National Park (Tanzania) covers about 40,000Km². The ecosystem has about 12,573 elephants, accounting for about 35% of the national elephant population. The ecosystem has suffered from poaching pressure in recent years and urgent action is needed to ensure that poachers do not get into the elephant range and kill elephants. This project will increase the presence of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) security personnel within the ecosystem through enhanced ground and aerial surveillance and enhanced intelligence information collection, identify sites that require new patrol bases and construct simple housing units at these bases.

The goal of this project was to minimize illegal killings of elephants in Tsavo Ecosystem.

This goal was achieved through the following specific objectives:

  1. To determine the number and distribution of elephant carcasses in TCA
  2. To ensure sustained security presence in the entire conservation area
  3. To seal major ivory transit routes and borders
  4. To identify new locations of security patrol bases
  5. Develop a documentary for creating awareness on the need to conserve elephants

Describe the specific actions taken to achieve each objective

  1. Carried out aerial and ground security surveillance.
  2. Undertook intelligence information collection.
  3. Impromptu inspection of vehicles was undertaken together with the Kenya police along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway
  4. Identification of sites that require new ranger patrol bases was undertaken (see separate report on this).

Activities that differ from the original proposed actions and reason for the change

There was need to buy tents instead of uniports that were found to be expensive and could only accommodate a few rangers. Furthermore it was noted that it would hard to move the uniports from place to place when compared with the tents

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