Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
is relocating 21 elephants from Solio and Sangare ranches in
Laikipia and Nyeri Counties respectively to the Tsavo East
National Park in the Coast region.
exercise was launched on February 21, 2018 by Tourism Cabinet
Secretary Najib Balala at Solio Ranch.
It will cost Sh 4.5 million.
The relocation is meant to reduce incidents of human-wildlife
The translocation operation involves careful co-ordination
between ground and aerial teams.
Since 2012, Laikipia and Nyeri Counties have experienced
human-wildlife conflicts ostensibly orchestrated by an isolated
population of elephants originating from Mount Kenya National
The elephants cross to Sangare, Solio and other parts of
Nyeri and Laikipia counties intermittently as these areas have
over decades formed their traditional migration routes.
In the recent past, human settlements and other forms of
developments have led to the near complete blockage of these
known elephant roaming routes, impeding their movements and
occasioning human-wildlife conflicts as they attempt to assess
water and pasture.
The isolated elephant population has been fluctuating between
14-21 individuals comprising of one bull and a family unit
composed of mainly sub-adult males and females.
The elephant unit based on their frequent fence breaking
habits has now transcended into "habitual fence breakers",
making their control and co-existence with humans impracticable.
For instance, the elephants have put the rhino security fence
in an almost irreparable status threatening the security and
integrity of Solio ranch rhinos.
The objectives of the translocation are to:
Reduce human-elephant conflicts in Solio and Sangare
Enhance the Solio Rhino Sanctuary security by reducing
the risk of rhino poaching once they get out of the
sanctuary after elephants destroy the fence
Reduce the cost of maintaining the Solio rhino sanctuary