Good African elephant news

This video says about itself:

July 23, 2013

In this video produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we hear from IFAW President and CEO, Azzedine Downes on the creation of the Kitenden Elephant Corridor in Kenya. On July 17, 2013, IFAW and the local Maasai community in Amboseli signed a lease agreement to create the corridor that effectively [extends] the National Park by 16,000 acres giving elephants space to roam free and safe.

Wildlife Extra writes about this:

About 1,400 elephants live in the Amboseli ecosystem, and routinely move into the ranch area, particularly during the rainy season occasioning human/elephant conflict in the area.

The Kitenden Corridor which runs from Amboseli to Mount Kilimanjaro will ensure that a favoured route that elephants have used for millennia to move across the Tanzanian border is secured from habitat fragmentation and potential conflicts with local communities.

The OOGR [Olguluilui/Ololarashi Group Ranch], and five other adjoining group ranches, are the first community in Kenya that has agreed to an ecosystem management plan between Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and Maasai community group ranches that surround the park.

Plans are underway to transform the Kitenden Corridor into an operational conservancy.

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