Big Tusker Project (Providing Extra Protection for Tsavo’s Iconic “Tuskers”), Kenya
The Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) holds Kenya’s largest elephant population with the world’s 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. Despite this trend, Tsavo remains the best place on earth to see these magnificent giants, but they are under intense threat from poachers. Massive in size and largely roadless, TCA and its Big Tusker inhabitants are befittingly protected by aerial coverage. This project works in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to provide aerial backup to anti-poaching operations, participate in censuses and scientific research, and monitor elephant populations while paying special attention to the Tuskers. Previously supported for a number of years, IEF continues that support in 2017.