World The number of elephants has doubled in 30 years in Kenya

11:05  14 august  2020
11:05  14 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Kenya 's elephant population has more than doubled from 1989 to today, its wildlife service announced at an event marking World Elephant Day. The number of elephants poached in Kenya in 2020 is down significantly from previous years — just seven so far this year , compared to 34 in 2019 and 80

In Kenya , the elephant population has more than doubled over the last 3 decades. “In the past couple of years , we have managed to tame poaching in this country,”, the country’s tourism minister, Najib Balala This year , Kenya has only seen 7 elephants poached compared to thirty -four in 2019.

Au Kenya, le nombre d'éléphants a doublé en une trentaine d'années se réjouit le ministre du Tourisme (photo d'illustration). © TONY KARUMBA / AFP In Kenya, the number of elephants has doubled in about thirty years, rejoices the Minister of Tourism (photo illustration).

This is a victory for biodiversity and wildlife in Kenya. The Minister of Tourism announced this week that the number of elephants has more than doubled in the country in the space of about 30 years. According to Najib Balala, the country has succeeded in controlling poaching.

In 1989 Kenya had just 16,000 elephants on its land. In 2018, they were over 34,000. A victory for the Minister of Tourism, Najib Balala. For him, the intensification of 's anti-poaching policy has a lot to do with it.

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Tusk says in countries like Kenya , elephant numbers have stabilised due to the hard work and The number of Asian elephants has declined by at least 50% in the last three generations. In March this year , more than 30 countries across Africa called on the European Union (EU) to close down its ivory

Kenya has held public ivory-burning events for years — at the most recent one, in April, the government burned the tusks of nearly 7,000 elephants . "As depressing as these numbers are, I hope they act as a further spark for action and change. We know how to solve the crisis.

In recent years, the government has increased the penalties for criminals. These sentences can go up to 20 years in prison for the illegal export of products from endangered species. The rangers also benefit from military training to track down poachers and populations near national parks are now involved in the protection of wildlife.

In 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta had burned 100 tons of elephant ivory and rhino horns, sending a message to traffickers: the illegal trade must stop. For three years, the number of poached elephants has been declining. It went from 80 in 2018 to 34 in 2019.

Since January, only seven of them have been killed. But the traffic is still far from over. Last March, the world's only known female white giraffe was shot dead on a reserve in eastern Kenya.

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