The Elephant Boom in Kenya

A new baby has arrived! Wildlife officials in Kenya have reported an exponential increase in the births of baby elephants.

Caused by the combination of disrupted international travel from COVID-19 and heavy rainfall, in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park alone, 140 elephant calves were born in a single calving season setting a new record for the park which is famous for its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the savanna.

In a statement Winnie Kiiru of the Elephant Protection initiative said, “It has been a difficult year for all of us but there is still much to celebrate. Here in Amboseli, elephants are thriving. 140 beautiful calves have been born in 2020 and more are expected.”

In addition to experiencing this elephant boom, the Kenya Wildlife Service reported that from 1989 to present, the country has seen a doubling of its elephant population. Coming just in time to dominate headlines for World Elephant Day, held August 12, park officials reported an extremely rare birth of elephant twins.

Cynthia Moss, director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants told reporters, “It seems baby elephants are falling out of the sky. The ability of a female to conceive and carry a calf to term depends greatly on her own physical condition.”

In years of drought, female elephants are often unable to find enough food to supply their calves with milk.  However, the abundance of rain has provided lush vegetation and supporting newborns has not been difficult.  Entering the world at a time of increased global ecological consciousness and an abundance of available food, baby elephants born this calving season are starting to live at an amazing time to thrive and grow into healthy adults.

Source: Good News Network