The Star (Nairobi)

19 June 2013

Kenya Wildlife Service Moves 15 Rogue Laikipia Jumbos to Meru

The translocation of 15 elephants from Ol Pejeta conservancy and Mutara to Meru National Park has began.This comes barely a week after six other jumbos from Lewa conservancy were moved to the same national park.

The Kenya Wildlife Service project to ease human-wildlife conflict is targeting some rogue elephants that have been destroying crops in Laikipia.

Mountain region conservation area assistant director Aggrey Maumo said themove will also decongest the area of elephants."These are habitual fence destroyers which have been terrorising residents living near Ol Pejeta and Mutara area. We are moving them to Kora National Park, which is within the larger Meru National Park," said Maumo.

He said the translocation is a "normal exercise" carried out every time the population surges.The Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo ecosystem has a population of about 6,800 elephants, while Aberdares has about 2,000 elephants, according to census conducted by KWS last November.

Mt Kenya National Park has the highest population of about 1,800 elephants.The official observed that KWS in conjunction with other partners in conservation, among them Ol Pejeta Conservancy have identified the rogue elephants.

"We have marked them and what is remaining is just to capture and move them to Kora," he said.This is the second translocation exercise to be conducted in the region, that is known as a favorable breeding zone for elephants and rhinos, after the last week's where six elephants were moved.

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