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Ch. 36: The Elephant Graveyard

The Waso corridor stretches from Kirimon to Kipsing. Right in the middle of this vast land there is a rock formation called Tali, behind it lies an important path in which migration elephants pass.

Difficult terrain and thick bush has in the last 9 months made this a ‘poaching hotspot’ – we are doing all we can to try and reverse this deadly trend.

This is what an Elephant Graveyard looks like.

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OCT 2013 – KIPSING TRUST, Lagaaman GPS Location 37N 00 43. 980 UTM 036 13. 188

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OCT 2013 – OLDONYIRO TRUST, Ntepes, GPS Location 37N 00 38. 173 UTM 037 55.107

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16 OCT 2013 – OLDONYIRO TRUST, Ntepes GPS Location 37N 00 38. 529 UTM 037 54. 946

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03 NOV 2013 – KIRIMON Lawoti, GPS Location 37N 00 42. 809 UTM 037 53. 937

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04 NOV 2013 – KIRIMON Lawoti, GPS Location 37N 00 42. 691 UTM 037 53. 51

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07 NOV 2013 – TALI TRUST Lchurai, GPS Location 37N 00 38. 969 UTM 037 02

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07 NOV 2013 – TALI TRUST GPS Location 37N 00 41. 076 UTM 037 09.927

10 NOV 2013 – KIPSING TRUST Sieku / Puli, GPS 37N 00 55.283 UTM 0303. 598 – 4 CARCASSES  

 We are not showing these images lightly or without understanding the impact of their horror, we need your help.

Recently we launched our Warrior Scout Instagram Project (http://www.samburutrust.org/warrior-scouts/), asking our Warrior Scouts to post to Instagram from the bush.

3 weeks ago Warrior Scout from Pinguan posted this photo of a herd of elephant in the bush:

Our Warrior Scout told us one of these elephant had been speared and was in trouble.

Quickly the word spread to Ol Malo who organised a helicopter and with the help of the KWS went in on foot, darting the elephant and safely removing the spear, effectively saving the Elephant’s life.

Here are some pictures of the darting (thanks to Ol Malo):

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preparing the dart

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operation in progress

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the spear removed

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taking blood samples

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cleaning the wound

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reunited the her family

We now can prove what we’ve known all along, that a connected and informed community will defend their Elephant against poaching;

Read Ch. 33: Locals defend poached elephant in gunfight

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