Andrew Luck-Baker visited Kenya while making ‘Last Chance for Africa’s Elephants?’ Ivory poaching has been increasing rapidly in parts of the East African country. Andrew went to Tsavo West National Park and Amboseli National Park near the border with Tanzania.
Senior warden Danny Woodley in the ivory store at Tsavo West National Park headquarters. These are tusks which the Kenya Wildlife Service have confiscated from poachers or taken from elephants which died of natural causes. In the past, local people would often hand in tusks from carcasses they happened upon outside the park’s boundaries. However these days, members of the community bring in many fewer tusks. This is because of increases in both the blackmarket price for ivory and the level of economic hardship in this part of Kenya.