Project Description

Big Tusker Project

Kenya
The Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) holds Kenya’s largest elephant population and the largest
sustainable gene pool of elephants carrying exceptionally large ivory (over 100 pounds per tusk).
In 2014 there were 15 of these iconic Tuskers alive. By the end of 2015 there were 11 and by
mid-2016 there were only 10 remaining. Massive in size and largely roadless, TCA and its Big
Tusker inhabitants including the numerous younger bulls that are classified as emerging tuskers
and the female big tuskers (the mothers, sisters and daughters of the Big Tuskers, whose genetics
are also valuable to conservation efforts of this iconic population) are protected by aerial
surveillance and reconnaissance. Working in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service
(KWS), the Big Tusker Project also provides aerial backup to anti-poaching operations,
participates in censuses and scientific research, and monitors elephant, rhino and other wildlife
populations.