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