Protect Kenya’s Last Elephants from Poachers

Elephants in Nairobi national park-by-joepyrek

Target: Kenya Wildlife Service Director, William Kibet Kiprono

Goal: Protect Kenya’s remaining elephants from the threat of imminent extinction.

Recently, five endangered elephants were reported to have been killed in Kenya by poachers. Rangers from Tsavo West National Park found the tuskless carcasses of a mother and her four offspring. The incident comes after the murder of Cecil, a favorite lion in Zimbabwe. The crime was more damaging compared to the recent killing of Cecil though it did not receive much attention.

It is reported that the elephant populations in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania are quickly declining due to poaching. The international market for ivory has led to the drive for poaching, which is also alleged to be the source of funding for terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab. It has been reported that Tanzania has lost almost 60% of its elephants to poachers while predictions indicate that Kenya’s wild elephants will be completely wiped out in the next few years.

The global reaction to the killing of Ceil was a show of the firm sense of solidarity among the world’s conservationists. Such efforts should also be directed at conserving elephants, which are also endangered.

People were more concerned about how to punish Cecil’s killer instead of how to address the increasing problem of poaching. Of late, there has been little hope of protecting Africa’s endangered species, particularly Africa’s elephants. In Kenya, it has been reported that newly-trained wildlife rangers have reduced poaching by three-quarters. Other efforts include the construction of a 56,000-acre nature reserve at a place called Loisaba. All these efforts are aimed at protecting these animals but more needs to be done.

Sign this petition to demand proper action in the conservation of Kenya’s remaining elephants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear William Kibet Kiprono,

Poachers recently killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park, leaving tusk-less carcasses. As the world was mourning the death of Cecil, an even more damaging incident quietly took place in Kenya. The scale of the crisis facing Kenyan elephants is vast, and these creatures continue to decline in numbers.

While Cecil’s death received worldwide attention, the death of these five elephants was not given much coverage. Elephants have been reported to be at a greater risk of extinction compared to lions because of the unquenchable thirst for ivory. Even though the Kenya Wildlife Service is attempting to protect elephants, more action is required to ensure these animals do not face extinction in the future.

Poaching is increasing exponentially, meaning there is growing demand for proper measures. Your service needs to improve its intelligence and operations to realize success. Also, sterner action should be taken against arrested poachers to put an end to the norm. Your country is facing an elephant crisis, and I urge you to take immediate action and bring a stop to the senseless killing of elephants.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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20 Comments

  1. Get those poachers shot. End of story.

    • Jan Bowden says:

      I agree, this has gone too far! Too much disregard for wildlife, This is the disgrace of the human race!. It’s devastating! They need a strong warning and that means shooting the poachers and giving a strong warning that this is not on! So much suffering world wide, I wonder there is any wildlife left~!

  2. Denis Caldecott says:

    The butchery taking place on our wildlife is a scourge on the human species,with the devastation of Habitat,& the blatant disregard of our environmental responsibility, it makes me wonder are we doomed to failure?

  3. MaureenLoCascio says:

    Please do everything humanly possible to save these majestic animals

  4. the poachers are the one’s that should be slaughtered, to think that in this day and age that the last of these beautiful animals is so close, it is shameful, i just hope that it will end, it is vile evil and sickening

  5. Leave wildlife alone!!!!

  6. Laura Altman says:

    The fact that protection is not already in place is mind boggling to me.
    It’s heartbreaking to know these beautiful animals are being slaughtered.
    Kill the poachers. THEY DESERVE TO DIE.

  7. On reading Peter Capstick’s DEATH IN THE TALL GRASS, I came to realize that elephants in some parts of Africa are their own worst enemy- eating and destroying the trees that they feed on faster than the trees can grow.
    That recognized, the local govt. hired hunters to cull excess animals, then the carcasses were trucked to a slaughterhouse where the meat was refrigerated and sold to the indigenous peoples. Whether or not this situation still prevails, I don’t know.

    • Will Trippet says:

      This is not a bad idea at all Geo… thanks! That really seems like one of those rare win-win all around circumstances. I wish such a set of conditions would prevail. It should, what a solution- Its got everything: no waste, no mess, the satisfaction of different interested factions, plus the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. I cannot tell any downside at all so why not re-institute this? I mean its too bad elephants have to die instead of spread out until their total initial indigenous rangeland but that option would never realistically happen anyway. No humans would make way for nature and personally take the weight for it- that is asking too much of such an ethically challenged, primate derived hominid, right?

    • Angela Mortimer says:

      The elephants are not their own worst enemies. Given the space to live as they should. They had a fifty year cycle, the area would regenerate in a way that allowed environment to recover and to be of use to other species. Now they no longer have the space to regenerate naturally in a way that supported other wildlife.

  8. Heather Brophy says:

    BETTER NOW THAN EVER! HANG THE POACHERS!

  9. You say ” The elephant population continues to decline rapidly in Kenya, and decisive action needs to be taken now.” Yes, but the TWO decisive action ARE : 1.) STOP the growth of human population, and 2.) STOP the exploitation of poor people by unscrupulous MONEY controllers ! Only then we can hope that the deterioration of environment might stop. Dan Kustudich

  10. Absolutely unacceptable…why is this slaughter continuing?…It’s time you (we) got tough with these murderous poachers…..unless they benefit you. I truly hope this isn’t the case…if it is….you are a disgrace to this planet.

  11. Cynthia Cheek says:

    Stop sending Africa food and money. They aren’t willing to use common sense to control their own numbers yet they are controlling the numbers of wildlife, into extinction. If you are living in dirt, eating leaves and bark off of trees, sex should be the last thing on your mind. I have never and will never send money to them. Why would I? So they can breed at a faster rate, creating even more poachers and more militants? Make them work for it for once. Capture poachers, kill them if you have to, then you can expect to get something in return. We all know when the animals are gone you will resort to cannibalism, again. Soups on.

  12. FOR CHRIST SAKE WHEN IS THE PERSECUTION OF ELEPHANT GOING TO STOP????? WILL THE WORLD WAKE UP WHEN THE LAST ELEPHANT IS DEAD…TO BLOODY LATE THEN…WE NEED THE WHOLE WORLD TO ACKNOWLEDGE IF WE ALL DON’T ALL DO OUR BIT THAT’S IT WE LOSE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ICONIC ANIMALS EVER LIVED…IF YOU DO NOTHING THEN THE NATIONS WILL CERTAINLY ONLY HAVE THEMSELVES TO LIVE WITH AND BLAME….SHAME ON YOU.

  13. Debi Langston says:

    There should be harsh punishment for killing these beautiful animals until there is it won’t be stopped.

  14. John Garcia says:

    Poaching is a horrible thing, granted. Fact is, many of these poachers are trying to feed their families. It’s not like they can go to the neighborhood McDonald’s and get a job. For some, there are no other options. I’m not condoning their actions. How do we make people realize, an ivory whatever isn’t cool, an ashtray made from a Silver back guerrilla’s hand isn’t cool, etc. Just killing that poacher,is like killing the messenger. There will always be a messenger. A realistic solution is so needed. This solution could be used in the war on drugs.

  15. Something proactive MUST be done to address this brutality — ELIMINATE THE POACHERS — THIS SHOULD BE LAW!

    IF THEY DON’T OBEY THE LAW, THE POACHERS MUST BE DESTROYED!

    THIS LAW MUST BE ENFORCED — CREATING ARMIES OF PROFESSIONAL WARRIORS WITH PROPER WEAPONRY AND SENDING THEM OUT INTO THE FIELD READY TO DEAL WITH POACHERS — POACHERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND JAILED — IF POACHERS REFUSE TO COMPLY, THEN THEY MUST BE READY TO FACE THE GUN BARREL!

    Otherwise, the psycho-poachers will continue their horror!

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