Photo by @amivitale. Suyian was the first elephant rescued by the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Reteti, part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, is the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The Matthews Range, where Namunyak is situated, is home to Africa’s second-largest elephant population. Community-based wildlife keepers there are working to rehabilitate abandoned and orphaned elephants in order to eventually return them to the nearby wild herds.
In this sense, community based conservation is likely to be the only viable alternative for vast tracts of Africa, in the parts beyond agriculture and where big animals and nomadic pastoralists still make their home. This elephant sanctuary is the culmination of a two-decades long process of tipping conservation upon its head, protecting wildlife for, and not just from, people. In that sense the sanctuary is as much about people as it’s about elephants. The elephants and this initiative need your support. You can help by following or donating!
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