Jumbo relocation operation in Kenya

Kenya Wildlife Service rangers loading a tranquillised elephant onto a truck on Wednesday during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya's oldest and largest parks. The country's wildlife officials kicked off a relocation operation for 30 elephants in a bid to "reduce human-wildlife conflicts", fitting monitoring collars on the tranquillised animals before using cranes to swing them, upside down and with bound feet, onto flatbed trucks. Kenya's several thousand elephants face threats such as ivory poachers and habitat loss, and often raid crops and farms as they migrate between parks, angering villagers who rely on the produce to feed their families.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'Jumbo relocation operation in Kenya'. Subscribe