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Africa’s First Elephant Underpass

Elephants this month began crossing through Africa’s first dedicated elephant underpass in Kenya. It’s a new solution to the increasing problem of animal-human conflict in Africa. 

The tunnel, which cost £130,000 to build, is designed to link two groups of the beasts previously separated by a busy motorway. The underpass, built using donations, reconnects wilderness areas on Mount Kenya’s highlands and the lower forests and plains — linking 2,000 elephants with 5,000 more below. (Source)

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After spate of attacks, concerns grow over Gir’s lions prowling outside their natural habitat.

Last December, in two separate incidents on the same day, lions attacked and killed two people outside their habitat in the Gir forest, the only abode of the Asiatic lion. Worried forest officials classified the incidents as rarest of the rare, given that the wild cats seldom kill humans unless provoked.

But with lions killing four more people over the last three months, the phenomenon is no longer rare. This is besides the latest attack on a 30-year-old man on Saturday, May 28, who was rushed to a hospital.

All the seven attacks since December were unprovoked. The victims were killed either while sleeping in the fields, relieving themselves, or while keeping watch over farms and mango orchards.

The real big story is that all the attacks took place outside the animal’s natural habitat, in non-forest revenue areas heavily populated by humans and hubs of social and commercial activity.

Ive got a frikkin tonne of revision over christmas, and to make sure i actually do some of it i thought i might upload it on here.

If anyone wants to send me some questions on the following subjects (or wants to be super nice and send me any relevant papers/case studies they might have) then it might be useful for me to not only revise but maybe help someone else as im doing it

(Im studying BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity by the way)

Monitoring & Habitat Assessment

  1. Effects of Anthropogenic Sounds on Cetaceans
  2. New and Emerging Monitoring Technology (GPS collars, LIMPET tags, Hydrophones etc)
  3. Thermal Imaging/Infra Red Thermography
  4. Camera Traps
  5. Bat Monitoring
  6. Environmental Impact Assessments & Mitigation

Human/Animal Conflict Resolution

  1. Reducing Crop Damage
  2. Lethal Control
  3. Compensation Schemes
  4. Zoning
  5. CAMPFIRE/Extractive Wildlife Use
  6. Fencing/other Non-Lethal Control Methods
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Another baby elephant has arrived at the Sheldrick Trust: Mbegu.

On 15th May 2014 Angela was given news about a tiny calf needing to be rescued from the Naibunga Conservancy at Ol Lentille. This was a complicated situation as an elephant had killed a woman from the community and had been shot by KWS as a result. The calf had been left behind in the fracas that ensured with the stampeding herd, and any chance of reconciling her with the herd was impossible given the circumstances. The angry community of Kimanjo had set upon the baby in revenge spearing her several times. When she took refuge in the grounds of a nearby school the children began stoning her. Very swiftly the warden of the Naibunga Conservancy came to the calf’s rescue and kept her safe from the community who were baying for her blood in retaliation for recent events.

[Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.]

Posting an oldie but goodie here in honor of #GlobalTigerDay. This image of a mother and her cub graces the cover of my book Tigers Forever. 10% of proceeds from book sales go directly to @PantheraCats tiger conservation efforts. Tigers Forever spans my career photographing these beautiful creatures while telling the story of the tiger’s fight for survival. Lost of habitat, illegal poaching and animal-human conflict are three of the biggest issues facing today’s remaining 3,000 or so wild tigers. Good news is there are solutions to these issues and many tiger conservation groups are working to implement them. Visit TigersForeverBook.com to learn about these organizations and how you can help. #tiger #wildlife #motherandchild #wildlifephotography #conservation #wildlifeconservation #India #bandhavgarh #animalsinthewild #BigCatsForever #Tiger #Tigersforever #NatGeo #Bigcats #NatGeoLive #wildlife #BigCatInitiative #BCI #saveourtigers #savethetiger #InternationalTigerDay #SavetheTiger #5forBigCats
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