Elephants Tranquilised and ‘Relocated’ After Destroying Crops

February 23, 2018 7:27 am Last Updated: February 23, 2018 7:27 am

Farmers in Kenya can breathe a sigh of relief as elephants that were damaged their crops are removed from the area.

Wildlife officials began a relocation operation for some 30 elephants on Feb. 21, tranquilizing them and transporting them to a National Park.

“In efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, we are translocating some elephants from Solio ranch to Tsavo,” Najib Balala, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for tourism, who attended the event, said in a Twitter post.

Crews fitted monitoring collars on the animals before using cranes to swing them upside down, with bound feet onto flatbed trucks.

Kenya has several thousand elephants that face threats such as ivory poachers and habitat loss, but they often raid crops and farms as they migrate between parks, angering villagers who rely on the produce to feed their families.

The Kenya Wildlife Service, which moved the animals from Nyeri county, around 200 km north of Nairobi, to the Tsavo East National Park in a bid to avert such encounters, estimated the operation cost $6 million.

Reuters contributed to this report