The Tsavo East National Park together with the Tsavo West National Park forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya
In January 2013 eleven elephants were killed by poachers and in 2012 figures indicate that up to 350 elephants were killed by poachers in the entire Kenya. The most elephants killed since the catastrophic 1980’s.
Kenya Wildlife Services have launched a joint operation with other security agencies to drive livestock out of all national parks. Since tourists visit national parks to view wildlife, droves of livestock now grazing there negate this purpose. Furthermore, areas experiencing livestock incursion, account for majority of poaching incidence reported this year. The operation will also try to net suspected poachers masquerading as livestock herders especially in Tsavo Conservation Area.
Kenya Wildlife Rangers is the last line of defense for the wildlife of the area and they are constantly on patrol in the park. They have to endure extremely tough conditions , battling poachers armed with assault rifles, wildlife and exposure to the elements. A ranger typically stay inside the park away from their families for three months at a time often in isolation for weeks at a time as they man observation post all over the park.
Below are images of anti-poaching activities in Kenya available for licensing.