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Kenya records a bumper year for elephant births in its first-ever National Wildlife Census

Kenya recorded a bumper year for elephant births- the baby boom in its first-ever National Wildlife Census.

In the report, there were 200 elephants born across the national parks in 2020. 

The elephant births were announced along with the results of the first-ever wildlife census.

The cabinet secretary for Tourism and Wildlife has described the births as “Covid gifts” during a difficult time for park tourism.

Kenya, through the Wildlife Research and Training Institute, is conducting an annual animal census to create a baseline for future assessments of the country’s wildlife population.

“The information generated during the census will support the implementation of Government of Kenya conservation and tourism policies and support tools for adaptive management,” he said in a statement.

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The National Wildlife Census also revealed that the overall elephant population has increased by 12%. An increase from 16000 in 1989 to 36,280 by 2020.

The giraffe population also grew by 34,240, representing about a 49% increase in the past three years.

KWS also reported a decrease in elephant poaching, “from a high of 384 cases in 2012 to a record low of 11 in 2020, the lowest ever in KWS history.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta praised the move to keep track of the country’s unique species and “natural wealth that makes us a conservation and tourism destination second to none”.

“This national endeavor is a historic opportunity to develop an annotated inventory of our wildlife resources, in recognition of their place as strategic national assets,” he said.

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