No­to­ri­ous farm-raid­ing ele­phant gets col­lar tracker to mon­i­tor its move­ments

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

One of Kenya’s largest and most no­to­ri­ous ele­phant has been fit­ted with a track­ing de­vice to pre­vent it from raid­ing farms in the Ki­mana near the Am­boseli Na­tional Park. Known as Tim, the iconic bull ele­phant has gained in­ter­na­tional fame on ac­count of his tusks, but lo­cal no­to­ri­ety be­cause of his habit of en­ter­ing farms to feed on crops. The track­ing col­lar helps rangers mon­i­tor Tim’s move­ments and de­ploy rangers to chase him from farm­land. KWS di­rec­tor gen­eral Ki­tili Mbathi on Satur­day said the ser­vice is com­mit­ted to ex­plor­ing ef­fec­tive meth­ods to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe while se­cur­ing ele­phants. The 47-year-old bull has been mon­i­tored by the Am­boseli Trust for Ele­phants since he was born in De­cem­ber 1969. “It will be won­der­ful to see his life in even finer de­tail now that his every move is be­ing fol­lowed,” said Cyn­thia Moss, the founder of the Am­boseli Trust for Ele­phants.

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