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 it’s Big Tusker inhabitants include numerous younger bulls that are classified as emerging tuskers and if protected will become iconic Tuskers in the future. 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 also 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.
This project is supported in part by The Berry Family Trust.