Just received from Kerry Outram –
Another wet rainy night here, waiting on updates from the community and farmers on the elephants but the phones were quiet all night so hoping no news is good news!
There has been talk from KWS of darting and collaring the elephants to make tracking then easier but in the confined spaces they are in it is a huge risk. We have managed to keep them calm and unharmed for the last 3 weeks and a panicked run after a dart is fired will most likely send them straight into human conflict. It is very difficult to look at laying scent trails and creating pathways without a bigger picture in mind.
Farmers and communities have been very willing to drop fences and open gateways to enable these animals to move through.
There are 2 big questions where to? can the Mau support large herds of elephants? Is Londiani big enough? Are either of these secure?
The second bigger one yet is how many? If we manage to create a passage does word go out to those still in Laikipia who will then follow? I don’t know the official numbers but imagine it is well over 1500 elephants. I am not sure a migration of this number is sustainable through the populated areas.
Laikipia needs to be resolved, the wanton killing of wildlife going unchecked needs to be stopped fast. It has been ignored for over 10 months now.
We are also looking for help in getting the communities in Sinande, Bogoria, Baringo, Tugen Hills and Kerio, all of whom have decided they need to change their approach to the land if they are to have a sustainable future for themselves and the wildlife.
If we can create more friendly corridors across the rift valley maybe the wildlife will have room to move peacefully when they need to.
In the meantime these communities are proving each day that there is enough room for giants, if we are willing to share it.